"Mayo, a family and marriage counselor and health writer (The Menopause Manager) recalls her mother's 20-year battle with Alzheimer's and her own experience as a caregiver. While this is a grim, difficult topic, it is leavened by Mayo's humorous, optimistic take on her mother's life and her own witty musings on memory loss. Mayo intersperses her personal account with up-to-date information about various kinds of memory disorders, their symptoms and causes, and various preventative measures, along with current treatment options that include herbal and vitamin supplements. She describes what to expect at each stage of the disease, how to make the most of the ill person's remaining abilities, and how to prepare for death and the end of caregiving. Each chapter features "Brain Boosters" that summarize key points, and there are copious references to the scientific and caregiver literature. Appendixes describe how dementia affects the brain with a recap of available treatments." --Christian Library Journal
"This book should be a godsend. It so dramatically demonstrates the importance of patience, positive thinking, and hope-with unexpected humor. It will bring relief and hope to all those who are captives of their homes." -- Art Linkletter, television entertainer, producer, author, chairman of the board, John Douglas French Alzheimers Research Association, and president emeritus and chairman of the board of the Center on Aging at UCLA
"Twilight Travels with Mother is a fantastic resource that all of us could benefit from, whether we're getting to the stage in life when we fear getting Alzheimer's ourselves, have a loved one who has already started showing the signs, or must live with an advanced case of dementia. Mary Ann's approach takes away the dread and stigma of this now prevalent disorder, giving us hope that it can be turned into something positive." -- Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR., senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"You will need two copies of this book: one to keep, and one to give to a friend who has just heard the diagnosis. Twilight Travels could be a life preserver to someone you know."-- Harold Ivan Smith, D.Min., certified thantologist, founder and president of friendgrief ministries, author of When Your People Are Grieving
"Mary Ann Mayo lifts the shroud of confusion and fear in her funny, gripping, and soul-stirring new book. She has paved the way for us all, giving us tools and resources, hope and encouragement. This is truly an empowering book!" -- Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends
Certified counselor Mary Ann Mayo gives you all of these things and more from twenty years of caring for two parents struck by Alzheimer's disease.
Like a trusted friend, Mayo guides you on quality of life issues from nutrition and independence, to letting go and inevitably planning a funeral. She also brings you relief and laughter as she accounts surprising ways to cope with the unimaginable (like when her mother decided to wed again . . . if she could just remember how to get to the church on time-and who the groom was).
If you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer's, are their principle caregiver, or fear the disease will someday affect you, Twilight Travels with Mother gives you the encouragement and tools you need to keep going.