If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be interested in a new book, “Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers.”
The book has contributions of more than 140 stories and meditations on caring for Alzheimer’s patients.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, more than 5 million people in the country have Alzheimer’s, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. About 500,000 people die each year from it.
“My mother died of vascular dementia in 1966,” Rev. Morgan said. His sister died from the disease three years ago.
Vascular dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, is a decline in thinking skills that occurs when blood flow from the brain is blocked or reduced, depriving cells of oxygen and nutrients. It is considered the second most common cause of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease.
Speaking from experience as a caregiver, Rev. Morgan said, “These people are really dealing with a lot of stress.”
The book is “for caregivers by caregivers.”
Many entries in the book, which was released in December, were written by clergy members of a number of religions who have had personal experience with a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
“We are all united against Alzheimer’s.”
The book is divided into the four seasons with illustrations for each. “Seasons of Caring” is available on Amazon. Proceeds from the sale go toward Alzheimer’s disease research.
For more information on Alzheimer’s care, contact Spring Arbor.
Pittsburg Post Gazette