Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. According to recent estimates, from the Alzheimer's Association of America, as many as 5.5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Almost 10 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. These unpaid caregivers are primarily family members but also include friends and neighbors.

“I was the primary care taker, coordinator, and mediator for both my parents during their six year declining years.” During this time, Janet was filled with exhaustion and, ironically, pure energy and joy. From the very beginning Janet saw Alzheimer’s disease as the rearrangement of her father’s soul and not as a disease. “This was huge to my success as a caregiver, and also to my own self care. It allowed me not to be negative by my father’s situation. I did not look for him to be the man he once had been; instead I looked for creative ways to enrich the man he had become.” From that experience Ms. Stone wrote the book, My Parents and Alzheimer's: A Daughter's Story - a detailed account of a middle-aged married daughter's creative relationship with her parents' dying process. “My book is a memoir. It is real life- what family members and professional caregivers will be up against. People learn from other people’s experience. I consider myself a good teacher. I teach with passion, joy, and honesty. My book speaks to life changing attitudes: The power of positive thinking, the power of the subconscious mind. I speak also to methods used to handle stress: Meditation, Journaling, Visualization, and Focusing." The book addresses how to balance between caring for others and self care. All who are facing similar challenges will find this book helpful. The author portrays, with an uplifting, and energetic presence, her resolve to turn tragedy into vibrant life.

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