"Where's My Shoes?" My Father's Walk
Brenda Avadian, Roland Jacobs
According to the Alzheimer's Association: Over 4 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's disease -- the 4th leading cause of death. 10% of people aged 65 to 85 have Alzheimer's. 50% of people aged 85 and older have the disease.
To help increase awareness about this devastating illness -- which affects an estimated 10 million families in the United States each year -- Brenda Avadian has written the heartfelt and uplifting story of her commitment to care for her father as the grip of Alzheimer's gradually takes control of his life.
"Where's My Shoes?" is a poignant and sometimes humorous journey that will give comfort to caregivers of dementia patients and the elderly. It was designed to increase the caregivers' strengths, insights and awareness of their options -- and to reduce the feelings of loneliness that can overwhelm the families involved. It will inspire those who are currently caring for Alzheimer's patients, and help to answer the many questions of those about to take on the responsibility.
The book details specific suggestions for Alzheimer's caregivers, and confronts the issues and emotions all caregivers face: uncertainty, frustration, guilt, support groups, financial matters, family members, medical and health needs, adult day care, sexuality, and full-time nursing, among others.
Proceeds from book sales will be donated to individuals, groups, and organizations who aid those with Alzheimer's and their families.