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Review . .. .Eckstrom comes across as knowledgeable, clear and compassionate ? the provider everyone's mother should have. Yet few of us will find someone similarly informed. .. .In fact, this is a book for everyone ? if not this moment, then eventually. It will be a book to keep handy when the elderly in your life become frail; and beyond that, when you yourself begin to forget things and wonder if it's the onset of dementia or when the pill bottles begin to gather by the side of your bed. Reading this just might be the best preventative medicine you can find. (The Oregonian)This is a remarkable book. The story of Marcy Houle?s family?s discovery of their father having dementia reads like a novel. So many of the reactions a family can experience during this journey are portrayed in a caring but honest light. Houle?s willingness to describe the struggles to accept the diagnosis and help her parents adjust serves as a model for other families facing this challenge. Hers is not a story just of struggle, but one also suffused with love and meaning. Dr. Eckstrom?s chapters are very helpful?brief, but written in clear, understandable language, and very accurate. Hearing her approach to patients with dementia will enable readers to know what to look for in a caring and competent physician. (Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor and chair, department of geriatrics, Florida State University College of Medicine)Houle?s story will resonate emotionally with anyone who has cared for a parent or older relative. It also offers a practical guide for readers who are care-giving now and who want to give their loved ones the gift of good care.- SeniorAdvisor.com (Senior Advisor)Informative, insightful, and clear, The Gift of Caring provides a moving exploration of what growing old means and how we as children, friends, and neighbors should respond. It provides extremely practical advice which serves as a wonderful roadmap to a better way of caring for older adults in America. I cannot recommend it highly enough. (Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS, director of quality initiatives, Adult Palliative Care, DFCI)With the growth of the elderly population, particularly those over eighty-five years of age, there is a tremendous need for resources like The Gift of Caring. There is so much to be learned from others who have traveled this road. (Dr. David B. Reuben, chief of Geriatric Medicine, UCLA; past president of the American Geriatric Society; past chair of the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine)'This is a book for everyone- if not this moment, then eventually. It will be a book to keep handy when the elderly in your life become frail; and beyond that, when you yourself begin to forget things and wonder if it?s the onset of dementia or when the pill bottles begin to gather. Reading this just might be the best preventive medicine you can find. ' (The Oregonian)'Must Have Book for Caregivers. .. .This book has a really interesting approach. Marcy Cottrell Houle ? a professional writer ? writes a memoir about caring for her Dad with Alzheimers and her frail mother. The story is interspersed with expert advice from Dr. Eckstrom that the author wishes she had known about avoiding pitfalls in our modern healthcare system. It?s new and definitely will serve you well.' ? Anne Tumlinson (Daughterhood.org) Read more About the Author Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS, is a biologist and award-winning author. Her book Wings for My Flight won the prestigious Christopher Medal and The Prairie Keepers was a New York Times Notable Book and a Booklist Editor?s Choice. She has published articles in the New York Times, Reader?s Digest, and Nature Conservancy Magazine, and has been featured on NPR and national television programs and in periodical reviews. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, is director of geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and cofounder of the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance. She has received many honors and recognition for her innovative work. In addition, Dr. Eckstrom is a sought-after national speaker and the author of numerous articles on geriatrics. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Read more

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