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still giving kisses      Still Giving Kisses

A Guide to Helping and Enjoying the
Alzheimer's Victim You Love
2nd edition

By Barbara A. Smith M.S., OTR/L


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The title of this book reflects one of the few remaining motor
acts my mother was able to perform. Yet, this was a highly significant
motor act, one that symbolizes a continuing connectedness
between myself and the Alzheimer's victim I loved.

I had never planned to work in the area of geriatrics. But when
my mother developed Alzheimer's disease I was thrust into
the world of home care, Medicare, assisted living and nursing
homes. I read numerous books and learned the lingo of lawyers,
the health care bureaucracy and gerontology.

Fortunately, as an occupational therapist I have years of experience
adapting environments and creating activities for developmentally
disabled individuals. Now I want to share what I have learned and
created during the past eight years to help my mother utilize her
remaining functional skills and enjoy life.

There are many books on the market that describe the symptoms
and stages of Alzheimer's disease and behavioral interventions
that promote function. Often this information is dry and overwhelming.
There are also many highly readable memoirs that give the spouse,
adult-children and the victim's point of view. Still Giving Kisses provides
the best of both worlds. You will read a compelling memoir of a woman
whose earlier mental health problems compounded the many challenges
of memory impairment. The many therapeutic techniques, adaptations
and teaching tools I share are all  tricks of the occupational
therapy trade with my added touch. Extensive resources and medical,
legal and care-giving information provide survival tools.

Although I wrote this book primarily for friends and family of Alzheimer's
victims, Still Giving Kisses provides a framework for health care
professionals entering the field of geriatrics. Indeed, I wish this resource
had been available when my mother mother began showing the earliest


Foreword by Lela Knox Shanks

Book Reviews and Recommendations

Advance For Occupational Therapists- Book Review
Full Text Book Review

Spring Arbor Living

The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy


Assisted Living Directory

Please visit: Geriatric Information and Activities
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personalized story book.

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©2008 Barbara Smith