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Alzheimer's Caregivers Get Sage Advice

New book explores how to best care for a loved one with dementia

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Russell Public Communications announces the release of a new book that aims to ease the challenges faced by caregivers of dementia patients. In Alzheimer's: Medical Science and Families are Still Asking WHY?, author Jim Greenwood, whose wife, Maxine, suffered 13 years of Alzheimer's, offers caregivers practical and useful advice on how to best care for a loved one suffering from dementia. Not only practical in scope, Greenwood's narrative is as touching as Tuesday's with Morrie. With National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in November, it also is timely.

Greenwood's advice to other caregivers, both professional and lay, includes:

-- the most effective ways to communicate and care for a patient or loved


-- how to create and use a memory book

-- the role of therapeutic lying

-- how to use humor and maintain a positive attitude even when the going

gets tough

-- how to evaluate a memory care facility

-- how to collaborate with the staff and physicians.

Interwoven into his useful suggestions are realistic, and often encouraging and amusing, anecdotes that reveal what life with Alzheimer's is like. Greenwood, who enjoyed careers in journalism and corporate communications, shares a story of devotion, joy and love that spanned his entire marriage, even those years after 1990 when his soul-mate was clinically diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Prior to that time, the Greenwoods, through Jim's executive position with Gates LearJet, rubbed shoulders with celebrities and politicians including screenwriter Arthur Goldman, Neil Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, President Bush, President Nixon, Danny Kaye, James Coburn, Jane Russell, and Blake Edwards. They also traveled worldwide. WHY includes a gallery of photos, which Greenwood constantly shared with Maxine.

One of the rewards for maintaining his cardinal rule of doing everything and anything to help Maxine, even when she didn't remember he was her husband, was that she never fully forgot that he was someone special in her life. These moments of love, although fleeting and infrequent, were his reward for a job very well done: caring for a loved one with a disease that makes everyone -- medical professionals and families alike -- ask WHY?

Alzheimer's: Medical Science and Families are Still Asking WHY? by Jim Greenwood (Wheatmark Publishing, ISBN 1-58736-625-8, $15.95) is available at or

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