Dec 21, 2012

Love, Laughter and Mayhem Review

There are some great stories in the book and some really great characters. One of my favorites was Bea, probably because she was so “feisty”.

By Carole Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Love, Laughter and Mayhem
Cindy Keith, a Registered Nurse who is also a Dementia Care Practitioner, like me, sent me her book “Love, Laughter and Mayhem Caregiver Survival Manual for Living with a Person with Dementia” and I’d like to tell you a little bit about it.

Cindy has been a valued contributor here in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room in the past, and I hope that she continues to grace us with her knowledge in the future.

I found her book delightful.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the particulars of caregiving a person with dementia. Cindy has knowledge of dementia caregiving from both a professional and personal standpoint. Her father had Alzheimer’s.

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Cindy gives clear, simple down to earth advice that is easy to understand. She talks to us, the common, ordinary people who care for our loved ones. There is not a lot of what I call doctor speak, but much more of what I call people speak, and that’s great! She teaches us in a lovely manner. She tells us stories as examples of the points she is trying to get across. There are some great stories in the book and some really great characters. One of my favorites was Bea, probably because she was so “feisty”.

Cindy gives us plenty of humor in the book, which is so refreshing for a book on this subject manner. In the book Cindy covers most of the common caregiver concerns and issues, and even a few of the uncommon ones. The stories are short, generally only a few pages, which is useful for caregivers who don’t have a lot of time to read a book in one or two sittings. As we know, caregivers are lucky to get several minutes at a time to sit and read. This book can be read in short “bursts”. I like that and find it quite useful for those of us that are time crunched.

One tiny little gripe I have is, I wish that the index could have been more fully developed so that caregivers could just go to the index on the fly and turn to the exact page or pages that address the concern they have at the moment. But really, it’s not that big a deal, because I imagine that those people who get it will be consulting it all the time, and will eventually instinctively turn to the pages needed just by habit.

Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, DCP, QDCS, EICS is an expert in Alzheimer’s and related Dementias care and is a Certified Trainer/Facilitator of the Virtual Dementia Tour Experience. She also is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She consults with families via telephone nationwide on problems related to the Dementias. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX, and her website is

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