Long after my mother had seemingly lost all of her language skills to Alzheimer’s disease, I happened upon her leafing through a magazine, looking at pictures and reading the headlines aloud. “Mom can still read!” I thought, and vainly went in search of a simple picture book designed for people suffering with dementia.
The National Alzheimer’s Association informed me that although there are over 20,000 books available for caregivers of people with memory loss, there are virtually none for the actual patient. Until now:
L’Chaim! is specifically geared for use with Jewish dementia patients, and contains beautiful imagery that is unique and precious to Jewish life, along with short, easy-to-read captions in big print, requiring no memory to enjoy!
It is dedicated to my dear father Max, 92, in deep gratitude for his tireless care of my mother for nearly 13 years. Sadly, several years ago, on their 67th anniversary, Dad tumbled headlong down a stairwell and suffered a near-fatal brain injury.
Overnight, he joined Mom in needing full-time, at-home care.
I hope that this offering will evoke memories, stimulate stories and conversation, and provide my father and countless others like him all over the world with many tender moments of joy and connection with their loved ones.