Gary Joseph LeBlanc is the author of, “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” "Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Behaviors" and co-author of “While I Still Can.” Also, a weekly columnist of “Common Sense Caregiving” published in the Tampa Tribune and Hernando Today and many other health publications.
Also the author of two fictional novelettes
Shannon's Journey and Profile of a Fisherman.
Founder of the Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project
Co-Founder of Dementia Mentors
His writings and speaking events utilize his 3,000 plus days and nights of personal caregiving experience to help other Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers cope with the everyday challenges and emotional struggles of caring for the memory-impaired.
Throughout the many years that you, as a caregiver attend to the countless needs of your loved one, or ones, you will lose fragments of your life that may take years to recover. You may come crawling out of your caregiving campaign wondering if there’s any of the original “You” left.
Is this you? Are you feeling a little lost, fragile, maybe hesitant to move forward in life? This book was written specifically for you! We want to help you find yourself again or at least show you ways to reinvent yourself. We know from personal experience that the aftereffects of caregiving can be catastrophic.
Our intent in writing this book is to help you open your front door and step back into the world. There is life still out there waiting for you.
"Gary - thank you for an excellent program on Alzheimer's and dementia for first responders. I heard many great comments from our volunteers about the value of what they learned. Not only is it important for us professionally, but since our average age is 72, many of our volunteers are already caregivers for someone with memory issues. Your input on dementia behaviors and communication, recognizing the early signs and symptoms and the importance of keeping family members with the patient in the ER, was timely and spot on.
We look forward to having you return in 2015.”
Robin Watt, Assistant Chief
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