No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia Jane Marie Thibault, Richard L. Morgan

With more than five million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease and nearly ten million loved ones caring for them, addressing the concerns of these elders and their caregivers is a matter of increasing importance. Relying on their many years of experience in this area, Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan offer this book to provide a fresh, hopeful model of dealing with life and death in the realm of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Caregivers have two basic needs: affirmation that caregiving is not in vain and reassurance that the lives of those for whom they care are not being lived in vain. Care receivers need more than medical attention; they need tender care, involvement in the community, and a sense of connection with a loving God. When patient and caregiver regard this shared experience as a “mutual spiritual path,” each plays a role in deepening the spiritual life of the other.

No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors, support group leaders, pastors, and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver, and to the world.

 
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July 16, 2015

Shining a Light on Alzheimer’s

businessman draw the curtain“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
– John 1:5 (NIV)
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Endorsements

  • Persons with dementia cry out to be known, connected, loved, and respected. The authors provide the “missing peace” to help fulfill these spiritual needs. This book is a “must read” for all who are caregivers of persons with dementia.

    —Virginia Bell, Coauthor of The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care and other Best Friends books , www.bestfriendsapproach.com
  • While reading No Act of Love is Ever Wasted I was moved by the amount of caring and love the authors conveyed. Their rich understanding of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, and the journey caregivers endure is evident from the personal examples cited throughout the text. The perspective that caregiving is an extension of spiritual life will aid families and professionals to look beyond day-to-day routines and chores and accept their role as an opportunity to serve the total person in body, mind, and spirit.

    —Lois W. Lutz, MS, Alzheimer Education and Outreach Coordinator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • This book wonderfully addresses the needs created by the terrible epidemic of lives and minds being destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses. The authors open our eyes to the spiritual options of dealing with all those affected by dementia. This little book puts a new, restorative option into the caring of, and love for, those with or affected by dementia, where God fits into this equation, and how each of us can rethink our path in this process.

    —Louis W. Catalano Jr., MD, Neurologist and Director, The Neurological Institute of Western Pennsylvania