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Another Quality Book--Still Giving Kisses

- Friday, November 12, 2010

Every so often we happen upon something that really touches us. We recently came across a great read that we thought all of our readers should check out. We know that Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease – stripping a person down to almost nothing but an empty shell. It is a hardship on not only the person but the family as well. However, although we might think there is nothing left, and that the well of emotion and connectedness is dry – there can be a moment shared that has deep meaning between the victim and a loved one.

Still Giving Kisses is a book that we found earlier this week, written by Barbara Smith, who is an occupational therapist. The book talks about the author’s mother and one of the few remaining motor acts that she was able to perform, giving kisses, reflecting the title of the book. We took some time to read a couple chapters and it is very inspirational. We had a post about another book a couple of months ago that we really enjoyed, and if you folks got to check out the previous book, then we highly recommend this one as well.

The book goes on about how caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can drown a caregiver with legal demands, bureaucratic issues, and personal exhaustion. However, if the caregiver can try to always be on the lookout for “kisses” in whatever manifestation, the human side of the Alzheimer’s gauntlet might not be forgotten. We just thought we'd end the week with a good book, and hopefully you all can get into the book as well.