Honey, I Sold the Red Cadillac

Learning to Cope With Lewy Body Dementia

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
70 Pages
Reviewed on 07/02/2017
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Honey, I Sold the Red Cadillac (Learning to Cope With Lewy Body Dementia) by Bob Wolf is a non-fiction health/medical book that would appeal most to an adult audience who either has or knows someone who has Lewy Body Dementia. This book is designed to teach readers about a variation of Parkinson’s disease, known as Lewy Body Dementia or LBD, and how it affects the patient, their family, and their caregiver(s). In 2011, Carol began to show the symptoms of LBD and from then on the lives of Carol and her husband, Bob, were forever altered. Carol’s condition caused her to experience all sorts of hallucinations, ranging from the bedroom curtains being on fire to the little league team showering in the couple’s bathroom. Throughout it all, Bob shares insights into Carol’s condition, how they dealt with and coped with it, as well as some of the lessons he learned from being her caregiver. Are you ready to learn about LBD through the eyes of a caregiver?

As a psychology student, I found Honey, I Sold the Red Cadillac (Learning to Cope With Lewy Body Dementia) by Bob Wolf to be particularly interesting as it not only explored the LBD condition, but how it truly affected the lives of Carol and Bob. I found the way they dealt with Carol’s hallucinations to be interesting on a psychological level, as previously I only knew what my textbooks suggested. One reads about how two real people really dealt with the condition in more than a case study article. I found the author’s writing style to be well chosen as he shares his experiences without coming off as “preachy.” Instead, he feels like an experienced caregiver who wants to allow others to benefit from his own knowledge and experiences. I would recommend this book to all LBD caregivers as it is a valuable resource!

Jo L

The stories in the book are interesting, and may surprise people who have not heard of Lewy Body Dementia, or the hallucinations that can affect the lives of those living with the disease. I am also a caregiver for a person with LBD, and I can say that I relate completely to the unending hallucinations, the paranoia, the inability to convince the person with LBD that the hallucinations are not real- no matter how "logical" our reasoning seems to us. Carol was convinced that there was a 7th floor in their two story building and could not be reasoned with otherwise, even when seeing the mere two floors from the outside of the building. Mr. Wolf seems to do his best to describe the frustration in dealing with the hallucinations and calming the fears of the person having them. As Mr. Wolf discovered, there don't seem to be many actual solutions to this issue for the caregiver or the person with LBD.