"A Son's Handbook" is the ten-year journey of a son as he cared
for his mother with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Compelled by
the love for his mother, author Stephen W. Hoag provides a tender,
dramatic and often humorous account of the unforgettable years he
shared with his mother as they faced the difficulties associated
with her disease. His chronicled anecdotes and articulated moments
will bring comfort to family members and care givers who must
complete the daily tasks and overcome the obstacles accompanying
the care of those afflicted with this illness.
There are approximately five million Americans who suffer from
Alzheimer's and dementia and the vast majority of these people rely
on family members - particularly sons and daughters - for their
care. There is no vaccine or procedure that will cure this disease
that first takes the mind and then takes the body. Our only weapon
against its ravages is love. To be sure, one of the greatest
manifestations and demonstrations of love that a person may
experience in life is the caring for a parent with this
Each experience described in this personal account led Stephen
Hoag to write a "Son's Rule" at the end of each chapter, a fitting
approach to being forever positive and insightful in moments of
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