Author(s): MANTEAU RAO MARGUERITE
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be extremely stressful. This essential guide provides skills for dealing with the accompanying emotional and physical stress, and offers tools to help you manage your own needs, in addition to the needs of your loved one. Dementia is a cruel disease that can leave both the sufferer-and those who care about them- reeling. But in the midst of the pain, the mindfulness practices in this book will help you find strength and meaning in each moment you spend with your loved one. The unique program in this book addresses two of the most important needs caregivers face: stress reduction and greater ease in providing care. In addition, you will learn to approach your care with a calm, centered presence, respond to your loved one instead of reacting, and learn to connect with your loved one beyond their words. Perhaps most importantly, you will learn to effectively manage the grief, anger, depression, and other emotions that are often associated with dementia care. Both practical and compassionate, this book will be a comfort during your loved one's illness.
Marguerite Manteau-Rao, MSW, LCSW, ATR, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered art therapist specializing in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care. She is CEO of the Presence Care Project and Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care Program at the University of California, San Francisco's OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine.