Heartfelt resource for caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
by Carlene Cobb
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, with more than 5 million Americans currently diagnosed, according to statistics reported by the Alzheimer’s Association. A growing number of caregivers face puzzling challenges daily with clients or loved ones struggling with this devastating and heartbreaking disease.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of author Wendy Chanampa, caregivers and patients alike now have an invaluable resource in the form of Chanampa’s new book, The Unseen Gifts of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: The Greatest of These is Love. A guide for professional and family caregivers struggling to manage this journey, the book offers proven techniques for providing effective, compassionate, person-centered care that nurtures optimal quality of life for both caregivers and care receivers. It is a heartfelt compilation of case studies based on Chanampa’s professional experience as a caregiver trainer and her intimate personal experience as a family caregiver for her father.
Chanampa’s professional background includes more than 30 years of experience in working with elders as Owner of Senior Resource Consultants, Inc., a registered professional guardian, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, Certified PAC (Positive Approach to Care) Dementia Care Trainer with Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Chanampa’s motivation for writing this book was seeing, and experiencing first-hand, the challenges inherent in caring for clients and loved ones diagnosed with dementia. She wrote the book from her heart as a message of hope that includes tools for making that hope a reality.
“It took about a year to write the book, and my greatest satisfaction has been the positive feedback that readers have shared,” she says. “My goal was to help change the way we all see and manage dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I know that my father would be proud of my work. I feel his loving presence and inspiration – particularly in the quiet woods of Pennsylvania, where this book began.”
Avow Hospice is hosting a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author at 3 p.m., September 14, at 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., in Naples, FL 34105.
“One of the most difficult challenges of caregiving is learning how not to be reactive and to remain calm. This is especially true when caring for someone with severe memory loss. Wendy’s message is that caregivers must go with the flow. This is a strategy that I hope all those managing someone with dementia take to heart.” – Bill E. Beckwith, Ph.D.
“The approach described in Wendy Chanampa’s book reduces aggressive behaviors and reduces the need for pharmaceutical solutions. The book makes this approach accessible to anyone.” – Jill Burzynski, BCS