“Dr. Ruth.” For most of us, that’s a household name, having become so in the 1980s with her radio and television talk shows about human sexuality. But today, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has broadened her horizons with the publication of the book “Dr. Ruth’s Guide For the Alzheimer’s Caregiver”. It is receiving glowing reviews from both critics and readers.
Dr. Westheimer shares many timely subjects for today’s caregiver.
- How will you cope with the stresses of providing Alzheimer’s care?
- How will you avoid caregiver burnout?
- How exactly can you effectively ask for support from family and friends?
- How can you maintain a relationship with your parent or spouse who has Alzheimer’s?
- What is the best way to deal with physicians and care providers of your loved one?
Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Caregiver magazine, shares his opinion of the book:
“I read the book before conducting a cover interview with Dr. Ruth for the November December 2012 issue of Today’s Caregiver magazine and…I really couldn’t put it down. The book is filled with extremely useful wisdom, tools and techniques for the family caregiver, and all in Dr. Ruth’s voice… I would recommend any caregiver whose client or loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease to add this to their library.”
Many reader reviews read similarly. “I’ve been a caregiver for my husband for 4 years and have read many books. Dr. Ruth is right on target with her frank, non-judgmental discussion of the topic. She seems to face head on many of the emotions & thoughts that come with this new role that you are just not comfortable mentioning to people who are not walking this path. I would recommend this to anyone whose life is touched by someone with Alzheimer’s.”
Though there are many books written on the subject of caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease, this new book seems to be a fresh look at how caregivers can deal with the heavy load they carry. Dr. Westheimer reminds readers that they cannot take the best care of a loved one unless they first take care of themselves. Good caregivers seem to always need this reminder.