When a Loved One Has Dementia: A Comforting Companion for Family and Friends (Hardcover)
“An open-hearted and honest look at the reality of caring for someone with this life-changing diagnosis. Eveline generously shares her experiences, insights, and practical tools to cultivate compassion, acceptance, and love, even during the most painful experiences.”—Dr. Nicole LePera, New York Times–bestselling author of How to Do the Work
A vital source of solace and compassion for those whose loved one has dementia, rooted in the author’s unflinching experience of caring for her mother
Dementia enters life through the back door, slipping in unnoticed. Once it’s there, it can make you feel powerless, angry, and unsure how to move forward. When her mother developed dementia, Eveline Helmink wasn’t prepared. As she learned firsthand, when your loved one is suffering, it takes a toll on you, too.
As you navigate finding professional caregivers and adapting to your loved one’s behavioral challenges, this book will help you confront all the complexities of the experience.
- Identify healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
- Work through feelings of denial, grief, guilt, shame, and fear.
- Summon the courage to make decisions in your loved one’s best interest.
- Live in the present, find laughter, and show love in the face of dementia.
When a Loved One Has Dementia weaves together Eveline’s unflinching personal account and her empathetic guidance, allowing you to walk through the endless tunnel and illuminating the path to acceptance, forgiveness, and love.
“In very hard times, we need specific books. This one is a huge comfort for those navigating this difficult journey.”—Gina Moffa, LCSW, author of Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go
“Helmink urges caregivers to practice self-compassion, seek help with caretaking duties, and remember that their feelings and frustrations about the disease are valid. . . . she provides a moving meditation on treating loved ones facing dementia with dignity and love. This is a valuable resource.”–Publishers Weekly