Introduction

Introduction

The caregiver’s journey through an Alzheimer’s-type dementia spans many years; years of “smooth sailing,” “fast moving currents,” “rough waters,” and “turbulent seas.” This book on Alzheimer’s type dementia caregiving is a resource that will help the caregiver establish a foundation from which he/she is able to: successfully manage the daily challenges of this journey; plan ahead for the inevitable changes which a caregiver and loved one experience; gain insight into the skills and tools which make dealing with dementia more manageable; and begin to understand the numerous emotional challenges faced while walking this journey. The Alzheimer’s Journey offers invaluable information and support for caregivers. If this book gives you a glimpse into the world of dementia, and it makes your journey just a little easier, I will feel the time and effort worthwhile. You, the caregivers, are the heroes of this journey.