A Healing Exercise For Me

Toni Kanzler Author Interview

Life Giving Dementia Care is part memoir and part self-help book for those in the role of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The caregiving experience is such a roller coaster of emotion. Fear, discovery, fun, fatigue, isolation, joy and pain. I did many things pretty well during that time, but I also made mistakes. I wanted to use my experience to help my sons if I ever develop dementia, and ultimately help other caregivers, through the experience; to help them have an easier time than I did. Doing this also ended up being a healing exercise for me, which was unexpected.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

The times I failed my mom were tough to revisit. But the few months between her broken hip and passing were especially difficult. When I recorded the audiobook, there were sections I had to re-record several times because i kept crying. She declined so quickly and became a shell of the woman I knew. At the same time, she became someone new who I found great joy in knowing. Mom’s body failed before her mind completely left her, so we became closer toward the end, if that was even possible.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about dementia?

That it’s all about patients forgetting things. Forgetfulness is part of dementia, certainly. But overall it is a small part. There are a myriad of challenges to deal with on a daily basis. Some originate from forgetfulness. Many from physical changes.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

That a dementia diagnosis is not an instant black cloud. It’s a long road. If caregivers prepare, plan, and have appropriate expectations for themselves and their loved one, this can be a journey of growth and of joy.

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Learn to understand and care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s in this indispensable guide, winner of a 2021 Best Indie Book Award.
If you are caring for a parent who has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, what do you do first and where can you get help?
Written by a daughter who provided care for her mom, Life Giving Dementia Care is an easy-to-read, non-technical Amazon bestselling book (May 2021) that walks you step-by-step through dealing with all stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s care. It’s like you’re chatting with a friend who has “been there and done that,” candidly sharing their own fears, pain, joys, and lessons learned as a caregiver.
Featuring useful chapter takeaway summaries and an appendix with helpful resources and comments by other caregivers, inside you’ll learn:
how to spot early signs and get a diagnosis
understand and manage their mental and physical decline and increasing medical needs
work with day-care, in-home, and nursing homes
make financial, legal, and funeral plans
and finally, how to care for yourself and recover
The key purpose of this essential book is to help caregivers be confident, and even experience joy, as they provide care for a parent, the elderly, or other adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Life Giving Dementia Carea book about Alzheimer’s and dementia care, will help both family members and caregivers understand and meet the many challenges of this disease. Buy a copy now for yourself and a friend.

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