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Creating moments of joy along the Alzheimer's journey / Jolene Brackey.
Fifth edition, rev. ed.
Publication Information:
West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2017]
Physical Description:
xiv, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Revision of: Creating moments of joy for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia. 2007. 4th ed.


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The beloved best seller has been revised and expanded for the fifth edition.

Jolene Brackey has a vision: that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease to focus more of our energies on creating moments of joy. When people have short-term memory loss, their lives are made up of moments. We are not able to create perfectly wonderful days for people with dementia or Alzheimer's, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments, moments that put a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes. Five minutes later, they will not remember what we did or said, but the feeling that we left them with will linger. The new edition of Creating Moments of Joy is filled with more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor. In this volume, Brackey reveals that our greatest teacher is having cared for and loved someone with Alzheimer's and that often what we have most to learn about is ourselves.

Author Notes

Jolene Brackey has shared her message of joy and inspiration with families and caregivers across North America for over twenty years. Now a sought after voice in the health care community, Brackey maintains an active speaking calendar that can be found at Passing on all she has learned from her travels and from her work with families and loved ones, her passion is to change the way people see people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. x
How to Use This Bookp. xii
Preludep. xiv
Defining Moments
Signsp. 2
Get a Diagnosisp. 4
Early Stagesp. 6
Understanding the Personp. 8
Family Moments
I Promisedp. 16
"I Can't Leave 'Em"p. 18
Love: Noun or Verbp. 20
Taking Care of Yourselfp. 22
"They Look Great!"p. 24
Helping Handsp. 26
"I'm Here to Take Care of You!"p. 28
"You Can't Drive"p. 30
Financesp. 34
Funerals (Should we take them?)p. 38
Outings with Less Stressp. 40
Holidays 'n' Family Reunionsp. 42
People Stop Visitingp. 44
Not Forgottenp. 48
"Who Are You?"p. 50
What Do You Love?p. 54
What Does This Person Love?p. 55
You've Got Mail!p. 56
Challenging Moments
Development Levelp. 60
Live Their Truthp. 64
"I Want to Go Home"p. 68
Stop Correcting Themp. 72
You Are Wrong... They Are Rightp. 76
Blame It on Something Elsep. 78
Your Mood Affects Their Moodp. 80
Illusion of Choicep. 81
"My Mom Never..."p. 82
Swearingp. 84
Vomited Onp. 86
The Facts Are All Offp. 88
"See" Authorityp. 90
Everything Gets Lostp. 92
Replace, Replace, Replacep. 94
Glasses Dentures Hearing Aidsp. 96
Repeat, Repeat, Repeatp. 98
Nonsense!p. 100
The "Spin"p. 101
Saturate Their Obsessionsp. 102
Kick-Startingp. 104
Joyp. 106
Look Good, Feel Good, Play Goodp. 108
Honey, Dearie, Sweetiep. 110
Men... Being Gentle-menp. 112
Socially Engagedp. 116
Moments of Discomfortp. 118
Hallucinationsp. 120
Sundowningp. 122
Wandering, Hoarding, Combativep. 124
Age Appropriatep. 126
Confidentialityp. 128
Let's Talk about Sexp. 132
Traumatic Momentsp. 136
Violent Momentsp. 138
Basic Right to Livep. 140
Taking Them to the Doctor?p. 144
Medicationp. 146
Transitioning Moments
When Is It Time to Move?p. 152
Choosing a Care Communityp. 156
What to Expectp. 160
Creating a Safe Havenp. 162
"Where's My Room?"p. 166
Playing Favoritesp. 168
Remember Their Greatnessp. 170
Habits of a Lifetimep. 174
Personal Questionnairep. 176
How Did They Love You?p. 182
Memory Boxp. 184
Life Reflectionp. 186
Music Does Wondersp. 188
A Commercial about TVp. 192
Ring, Ring, Ringp. 194
This Is Not Your Room!p. 196
It's Saturday Night!p. 198
Where's the Outhouse?p. 204
Suppertime!!!!!p. 210
Get Your Zzz'sp. 216
Enhanced Moments
So You Wanna Visit?p. 222
Let's Talk Communicationp. 226
Quality Connectionsp. 228
Yes 'n' No Questionsp. 230
"How Are You?"p. 231
When In Doubt...Laughp. 232
Share Your Lifep. 234
Magic Wordsp. 235
Saying Goodbyep. 236
Sparking Momentsp. 237
Child 'n' Pet Therapyp. 238
Art vs. Craftsp. 240
"Help Me"p. 242
Drink Upp. 244
Walking, Walking, Walkingp. 246
Quiet as a Church Mousep. 250
Breaking of Breadp. 252
Final Moments
Windows in the Brainp. 256
Late Stagesp. 260
Power of Touchp. 262
Final Momentsp. 266
Be Gentlep. 268
Just Breathep. 270
Be Like a Duckp. 272
Be Like the Sunp. 273
Spiritual Strengthp. 274
The Beginningp. 275
Considerp. 276
Create a Momentp. 278
About the Authorp. 281

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