The following is the full text of the book review written by Dr. Clarissa Smith Ph.D., OTR/L, CSL
An abbreviated version is printed in the Advance for Occupational Therapists Journal




"Still Giving Kissses: A Guide to Helping and Enjoying the Alzheimer's Victim You Love" by
Barbara Smith OTR/L, M.S. is a must read for all practicing health care professionals who work
in the field of aging and geriatrics. In fact, it should be a mandatory course especially for entry
level therapists.  It is loaded with group and individual ideas for implementing and stimulating
someone with memory loss. The book is intriguing in that Barbara has combined her mother's Jewish
legacy and life with Alzheimer's, while using a teaching model of hands-on strategies to deal
effectively that can actually be applied in a variety of settings for family caregivers, lay and para
professionals alike. What an honor to and for her parents and family!  In addition, it seeks
to emphasize the need for practicing clinicians and administrators to advocate and foster
individual care and respect cultures and histories different from your own.

I recommend that Barbara write a Jewish specific booklet in the near future to help us
better understand some of the customs, practices, and beliefs of Jews who may live in skilled
nursing and aging communities. Her experience as an OTR and family caregiver is simply
priceless and they open the path for future implementations for therapeutic, purposeful,
and functional tasks of aging older persons with memory loss. Thanks for sharing your life
with me and the world!

Dr. Clarissa Smith, Ph.D., OTR/L, CSL
Advance for OT columnist
Family Caregiving Expert
Caregiving International Incorporated