I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners
 of People with Dementia

by Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills

2014 National Mature Media Awards Winner5 Stars [/fusion_text]<div class="fusion-text"></div> Reader's Favorite

I Care is a gold medal winner in the healthcare book category in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program and an Award-Winning Finalist in the “Health: Aging/50+” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.  This award winning book will both inspire and educate care partners of people with Alzheimer’s disease to make the most of each day! Care partners will see their loved one as a whole person with strengths and abilities, which will promote greater independence and self-sufficiency for the person with dementia.

I Care covers:

  • Minimizing the care partner’s fears, frustrations, and stress
  • Managing changes in communication, memory loss and behavior using best care techniques
  • Making the home safe and supportive
  • Understanding changes in brain function
  • Addressing financial and legal issues
  • And much more…

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Health professionals are talking about I Care:

I Care is a comprehensive book that offers a greater understanding of how to manage the difficulties of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. I only wish this book was available when I was caring for my mother, Rita Hayworth, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, 
President, Alzheimer’s Disease International

I Care is just what the health care community has been waiting for to fill the void for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.”

Dr. Stephen Jones, Specialty Geriatric Medicine
, Greenwich Hospital

“With a world-wide, mounting population of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s exciting that a book is now available specifically to help caregivers navigate the difficulties encountered in caring for someone suffering with cognitive impairments. I Care offers essential and fundamental advice for best-care practices, but it also provides a sense of real hope that quality of life issues will not necessarily diminish when effective care management principles are adopted.”

Marc Wortmann, 
Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International

“By shifting the perspective from caregiving to care partnering, this book offers an important reminder that there remain many capabilities that need to be recognized, maximized, and respected in persons with dementias. Rather than being limited to doing to, the care focus is expanded to enabling and empowering these individuals to function at their remaining best. This enlightened view not only benefits persons with dementias, but has the potential to offer a more meaningful and less stressful experience for their care partners.”

Charlotte Eliopoulos RN, MPH, PhD
, Executive Director, American Association for Long Term Care Nursing

“Dementia is a growing problem in the United States. Family members provide most of the care for these patients in their homes. Behavior issues in patients with dementia are common and most stressful and very often the care-givers are overwhelmed by the effort involved in taking care of these patients. Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills have done a great job in providing a thorough and most comprehensive review of the issues in an easy to read and practical guide for the caregivers. I Care also presents a new concept – Care Partner, involving the patient as a partner in his/her own care.”
I Care is a must read for any family caring for a patient with dementia.”

P. Lal Arora, MD, FRCPC
, Medical Director, Kendal at Home and Kendal Senior Independence, Oberlin, Ohio

“It is a certainty that we will be touched by dementia during our lifetime. I have seen dementia in 3 generations of family members and I have personally watched caregivers struggle, to varying degrees, with managing themselves while helping their loved ones through the course of their intellectual decline. Even with the rapid pace of medical discovery, which has improved our understanding of the pathophysiology and diagnosis of dementia, we have done little slow the progression of the disease. There is much work to be done but in the meantime, we need to better understand the caregiver’s role, provide them with tools and strategies to comfort their loved ones and manage their own stress and emotions. I Care helps us bridge the gap between our medical understanding and the practical aspects facing caregivers of loved ones with dementia. The authors present a very accessible, understandable combination of scientific background, personal stories and practical strategies that simplify the daunting task of managing your life while being the best caregiver you can be. I wish I had read this book years ago. I could have been a better care partner for my grandmother and my mother-in-law.”

Robert C McKinstry, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology
, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia by Jennifer Brush MA and Kerry Mills MPA is an informative medical guide that focuses on the caregiver. The number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the seven associated dementias is rapidly increasing each year. This puts a strain on those who care long-term for the demanding needs of adults who slowly lose the ability to care for themselves. Transitioning for caregiver to care partner begins with a change in attitude, adjusted expectations and dispelling useless negative emotions. Using real-life examples, Brush and Mills foster hope in a constructive way to maintain life balance, minimize stress and sustain a fulfilling relationship. Packed in seven chapters are practical advice and an appendix with emergency contacts template, subjects to discuss with the physician, a long-term care checklist, questions for the insurance company, a daily behavior log template and a home safety checklist.

Brush and Mills, in I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia, provide sources of help, define the physiological brain changes in the patient, explain techniques to practice memory retention, and lay out the steps to estate planning for future medical care. Their combined thirty-two years of health care experience and education shed light on debilitating brain dysfunction and offer the tools necessary to manage the patient while caring for the self. If you know someone who suffers from dementia, this motivational book will inspire you to embrace a changing dynamic and focus on the quality of today.”

Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers’ Favorite
5 Star Review!

“While a slim paperback, this handbook for care partners for people suffering from some form of dementia is packed with an excellent arsenal of sensible and informative advice.  Treatable and untreatable types of dementia are broken down. The book deftly covers understanding changes in brain function and recognizing behavioral changes including memory loss and reduced attention span. Sections also provide detailed suggestions on how to make the home safe and supportive, and how to manage needed changes in communication. Key financial and legal issues are also explored. How to minimize the care partner’s stress is another valuable component. Absorbing case histories facilitate understanding, both of the disease’s progression and care. Outliers stating vital aspects add to the format. Pages are allocated to potential schedules, daily and otherwise. The writing is practical and lucid. Subheadings in the chapters enable quick attention to sections. Many resources, including web sites, are provided. The appendix material covers a page to provide summaries for emergency personnel, questions to ask doctors, checklist while exploring long-term care places, questions to pose regarding insurance, and a home environment safety list. THe title, subtitle and cover image all complement a highly useful handbook.”

Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia by Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills

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Jennifer Brush

Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP

Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. She is a nationally recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia.

Kerry Mills

Kerry Mills, MPA

Kerry Mills, MPA is the driving force behind Engaging Alzheimer’s. She has earned recognition in the field of Alzheimer’s care as a former Regional Manager for the pioneering Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Care organization, located in Woburn, MA.