The beloved best seller has been revised and expanded for the fifth edition. Jolene Brackey has a vision: that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease to focus more of our energies on creating moments of joy. When people have short-term memory loss, their lives are made up of moments. We are not able to create perfectly wonderful days for people with dementia or Alzheimer's, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments, moments that put a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes. Five minutes later, they will not remember what we did or said, but the feeling that we left them with will linger. The new edition of Creating Moments of Joy is filled with more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor. In this volume, Brackey reveals that our greatest teacher is having cared for and loved someone with Alzheimer's and that often what we have most to learn about is ourselves.
Jolene Brackey offers caregivers and families one practical suggestion after another, including ways to use the important details of a persons history, passions, and interests to empower loved ones to overcome daily struggles.
— ANN KAISER STEARNS, PhD, best-selling author of Living Through Personal Crisis (2010), September 2016
Alzheimer’s disease wraps its tendrils around all those within the range of loveof the person living with the disease. Jolene Brackey’s Creating Moments of Joy shows us how dear healing moments can be experienced by all who are within the grasp of the disease.
— PAUL RAIA, PhD, retired vice president of clinical services, Alzheimer’s, September 2016
I have been working with older adults with dementia for over twenty-five years. Jolene brings a perspective that crosses both years and bridges. Whether the caregivers are family or professional, young or ‘vintage,’ rookie or seasoned, she understands the struggles and creates a language to communicate with them all.
— DEBORAH RICHMAN, BS, ACC, vice president of education and outreach, Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota / North Dakota, September 2016
Jolene shows us how to lighten up and even find humor in the most highly charged situations.
— KAREN AND KIM, co-founders of In Care of Dad, September 2016
This book is key for anyone looking to transform a hardship into a life-affirming experience for both the care recipient and the caregiver, ultimately making you a more effective caregiver as well as a happy one!
— CARLYNE FOURNIER, producer of the short film Remember When, September 2016
About the Author:
Jolene Brackey has shared her message of joy and inspiration with families and caregivers across North America for over twenty years. Now a sought after voice in the health care community, Brackey maintains an active speaking calendar that can be found at www.enhancedmoments.com. Passing on all she has learned from her travels and from her work with families and loved ones, her passion is to change the way people see people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.