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Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
Patricia Woodell, Brenda Niblock and Jeri Warner
Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Softcover / 2015-06-01 / 1849057397
Dementia / Older Age (Self Help)
price: $24.95
208 pages
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Are the Keys in the Freezer? is an artful blend of practical advice and the compelling story of a family's search for the right care for their mother with dementia.

This well-researched book is a must-read for families in the US looking for resources and ideas about care facilities, hospices, finances and costs of care, advance directives and other topics related to managing the affairs of the elderly with dementia. A story of conflict and of light-hearted moments, Are the Keys in the Freezer? is the rich personal testimony of a family's struggle to navigate the confusing world of dementia care choices for their mother. The book is an insider's guide to unravelling medical, legal, and regulatory issues that affect the quality of care for loved ones who cannot make care decisions for themselves.

The book's easy, conversational tone turns complex issues into everyday language, making it an easy read for newcomers to the world of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.


Frank and poignant, with the optimum balance of personal storytelling and actionable guidance. This highly readable guide for dementia caregivers blends a medical memoir with useful advice...With considerable skill, the authors interweave their story with the issues they faced, drawing upon their own situations to illustrate what they didn't know at the time...It is these tools the authors share in a tightly organized, well-written work.
— Kirkus Reviews--March 2014

The personal, medical, and legal experiences gained and lessons learned by the sisters over the preceding six years of care form the backbone of this work that will be priceless to families facing a similar road...The combination of the detailed information with the insights gained from caring for a loved one with the condition makes this essential for affected families. ..This excellent work will, unfortunately, find a wide audience.
— Library Journal, September 2014, Starred Review

About the Authors:

Pat Woodell, Brenda Niblock, and Jeri Warner are first-time writers in the field of dementia care. The compelling story of their mother's decline into dementia is blended with research, practical insights, and tips for families looking for direction in how to care for aging spouses and parents. Pat has written numerous technical publications for the Alaska Department of Commerce where she worked for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Philippines. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Oregon and received her master's degree from Portland State University. She is a retired health educator, and advocated for prevention of tobacco use for over two decades. Jeri was a physical therapist for thirty-five years, with a focus on orthopedics. She received her degree in physical therapy from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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