There Is Hope . . . When a patient is diagnosed with dementia, it impacts not only the patient but also those who care for them. It can be devastating to watch loved ones lose the independence, personality, and abilities that once defined them, knowing there is no cure. How should Christians respond to a diagnosis of dementia?Experienced geriatrician Dr. John Dunlop wants to transform the way we view dementia—showing us how God can be honored through such a tragedy as we respect the inherent dignity of all humans made in the image of God. Sharing stories from decades of experience with dementia patients, Dunlop provides readers, particularly caregivers, with a biblical lens through which to understand the experience and challenge of this life-altering disease. Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia will help you see God's purposes as you love and care for those with dementia.
|Finishing Well to the Glory of God: Strategies from a Christian Physician|
by John, MD Dunlop (Author)
Most people want to finish life well, yet so few take the time necessary to carefully think through what that entails. Some say it means contentment, happiness, and freedom from pain. Many desire to simply maintain their dignity and enjoy their family and loved ones. These are reasonable goals; yet, there is a more profound, uniquely Christian approach to the end of life.
John Dunlop, a medical doctor who has practiced for over thirty years and specializes in geriatrics, combines his...
|Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel during Alzheimer’s Disease|
by Benjamin T. Mast (Author), Scotty Smith (Foreword)
Charles is 78 years old and there is much he cannot remember. He cannot remember the names of his children, why he lives in a nursing home, or even whether he ate breakfast today. His forgetting causes confusion, and in his fear and uncertainty he sometimes lashes out at those who try to care for him. But when someone reads a favorite Psalm he quickly joins in, reciting each cherished word. When he hears an old hymn of faith, his hand slowly raises and he breathes out each word quietly, his...
|Wellness for the Glory of God: Living Well after 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life|
by John, MD Dunlop (Author)
What Is True Wellness?
From dieting cookbooks to workout DVDs, our culture is obsessed with getting healthy and staying fit. But what does true wellness really entail, especially as we get older?
In this comprehensive book, a Christian doctor explores the six areas of life that contribute to a holistic vision of health: physical, mental, social, financial, spiritual, and emotional. With questions for personal reflection and group discussion, this book offers...
|Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer's Journey|
by Debbie Barr (Author), Edward G. Shaw (Author), Gary D. Chapman (Author)
Across America and around the world, the five love languages have revitalized relationships and saved marriages from the brink of disaster. Can they also help individuals, couples, and families cope with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD)?
Coauthors Chapman, Shaw, and Barr give a resounding yes. Their innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the five million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, as well as their...
|Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Caregivers|
by Deborah Barr (Author), Gary Chapman (Foreword)
For the weary dementia or Alzheimer's caregiver
If you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you carry a heavy load. On top of having to watch someone you love suffer, you are probably losing sleep, growing frustrated, and struggling with loneliness or even depression. With little to no help and no time for a break, this unrelenting stress is hard to carry.
Whether that’s you or someone you know, the caregiver needs care, too....
|Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications|
by Michael R. Emlet (Author)
OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are not just diagnoses from the DSM; they are part of our everyday vocabulary and understanding of people. As Christians, how should we think about psychiatric diagnoses and their associated treatments? We can t afford to isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories as unbiblical. Nor can we afford to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise at face value as though Scripture is irrelevant for these complex...
|Finding Grace: An Alzheimer's toolbox for caregivers, detailed in the story of one woman's effort to love her mother until the end|
by Julie Nielsen (Author)
When Julie Nielsen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Julie had no idea what to expect. But after years of juggling family, career, and caregiving for her best friend, Nielsen learned a thing or two about how to overcome obstacles.
In this inspiring and profoundly helpful guide and memoir, Nielsen shares her personal journey alongside her mother, as well as invaluable tips on surviving this challenging time and protecting a loved one. Written with warmth and...
|Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End|
by David Gibson (Author)
What if it is death that teaches us how to truly live?
Keeping the end in mind shapes how we live our lives in the here and now. Living life backward means taking the one thing in our future that is certain—death—and letting that inform our journey before we get there.
Looking to the book of Ecclesiastes for wisdom, Living Life Backward was written to shake up our expectations and priorities for what it means to live “the good life.”...
|Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging|
by J. I. Packer (Author)
Thinning hair, failing eyesight, and arthritic hands reveal an inescapable truth: we’re only getting older.
But that doesn’t mean we should simply sit back and take it easy. In Finishing Our Course with Joy, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer challenges us to embrace old age as an opportunity for continued learning, careful planning, and heartfelt discipleship. Packer’s pastoral words and personal stories encourage us to press on toward the upward call of God...
|Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament|
by Douglas Groothuis (Author), Nicholas Wolterstorff (Foreword)
How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness?
Nothing is simple for a person suffering from dementia, and for those they love. When ordinary tasks of communication, such as using a phone, become complex, then difficult, and then impossible, isolation becomes inevitable. Helping becomes excruciating. In these pages philosopher Douglas Groothuis offers a window into his experience of caring for his wife as a rare form of dementia...