Author: Barbara E. Friesner
www.AgeWiseLiving.com

Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos


Barbara Friesner is a Generational Coach, an adjunct professor at Cornell University, and the primary caregiver for both her grandmother who was afflicted with dementia and her mother who now struggles through the same disease. Friesner models compassion, practicality and understanding for those trying to handle the many different pieces of caring for a loved one with dementia. Answering questions like: “How do I know that my loved one has dementia; what does it look like and how will it progress?” or “How do I help them stay independent,” and not least of all, “How do I care for myself?” This CD proposes a deliberate and thoughtful approach to serving your loved one’s needs, to improving and maintaining communication and fostering a rich quality of life. Friesner is easy to listen to: her manner is soothing and reassuring and she covers the material thoroughly. She relays, beautifully, ways of addressing the confusion that may hamper one’s ability to make good decisions. When we are well-informed we are effective.

Barbara Friesner is an eloquent speaker and a superb teacher. Those caring for aging family members or friends will benefit from the support offered on “Is it Simple Forgetfulness or the Real Thing.” Organization, knowledge and a forgiving spirit go a long way in successfully sustaining the health and well-being of a loved one who suffers with dementia. Thank you to Barbara Friesner for simplifying the process.

NABBW Contributing Author