No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia

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Upper Room Books, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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With more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease and nearly 10 million loved ones caring for them, addressing the concerns of these elders and their caregivers is a matter of increasing importance. Relying on their many years of experience in this area, Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan offer this book to provide a fresh, hopeful model of dealing with life and death in the realm of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Caregivers have two basic needs: affirmation that caregiving is not in vain and reassurance that the lives of those for whom they care are not being lived in vain. Care receivers need more than medical attention; they need tender care, involvement in the community, and a sense of connection with a loving God. When patient and caregiver regard this shared experience as a "mutual spiritual path," each plays a role in deepening the spiritual life of the other.

No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors, support group leaders, pastors, and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver, and to the world.

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Jane Marie Thibault, a retired gerontologist and professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life and A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life. Thibault is coauthor (with Richard Morgan) of No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia.Richard L. Morgan, a retired Presbyterian (USA) pastor, stays busy writing and volunteering in pastoral care and as chapel director at the Redstone Highlands retirement community near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his seminary training, he has an MA in Counseling and training in clinical pastoral education. He is the author or coauthor of 20 books.For more information, see Morgan's website: richardmorganauthor.com. Two PowerPoint presentations are available through his website: "Dementia and Beyond" and "Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life.

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