Instaread Summary of The 36-Hour Day A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins
Five out of five stars
In this case, the contradictory statement in the title is apt, for it is true that caring for an elderly person with mental deficiencies and living your own life is far more than a full-time (day) job. It starts with their physical deficiencies, so the environment must be altered to reflect that. Many times their physical problems prevent them from going places and yet they cannot be left alone. Routine tasks such as getting groceries becomes a three-person task.
Then there is the act of coping with the mental problems that can lead to difficult and even obnoxious behavior. The patient has suffered from brain damage and so is not completely responsible for what they say and do. Finally, there is the “me” time, where the caregiver needs to be able to take some time away from the burdens of care and read a book or engage in other relaxing behaviors.
This summary demonstrates that these issues are captured in the book being described. It is portrayed as a self-help book and in that area, it is clear that the book is different from nearly all self-help books. In a world where the books have a limited effective time window of value, this one is growing in value over time, due to the increase in the number of people with mental deficiencies.
If you have helped deal with an elderly person (as I have) with a failing mind, this summary will bring back memories. If you are currently dealing with such a person, it will give you strength. There is no doubt that the book being described will do more of both things.