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Book Review - When a Family Member Has Dementia - Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver by Susan McCurry
While at the library looking for books about dementia, I came across a title that hit home, When a Family Member Has Dementia-Steps to Becoming A Resilient Caregiver by Susan McCurry. Unlike other books that focus on the memory-impaired person, this book focuses on the caregiver and begins with section one being titled, The Problem: Dementia Caregiving is Hard! The problem is addressed in section two, The Program: Learning the Dementia D.A.N.C.E. The author cleverly summarizes the new way of communicating with the metaphor of dancing and the easy-to-remember acronym. D= Don't Argue!, A=Accept the Disease, N=Nurture Yourself, C=Create Novel Solutions, E=Enjoy the Moment. The book concludes with section three, The Promise: You Can Do It! and caregiver resources. Now that I know "the dance", my family and I are not getting our toes stepped on as often as before.