The Gap Between

Loving and Supporting Someone With Alzheimer’s

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
145 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2022
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Author Biography

Author Mary Moreland is a lawyer and a single parent of two teenage sons. The Gap Between: Loving and Supporting Someone with Alzheimer's marks Moreland's debut as an author, and conveys a moving, deeply personal portrait of her family's journey through the disease. Offering first-hand insights, the Gap Between is an incredible resource for Alzheimer's caregivers seeking ways to improve not only the lives of the people they love, but also their own caregiving experience. Alongside her own story of loss, the author delivers insights on protecting and grieving for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s and provides practical advice on navigating critical matters including legal documentation, diagnostic and educational resources, preparation for and accepting deterioration, and the end-of-life experience.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Gap Between is a memoir/guide to give readers valuable knowledge on how to care for and support a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease. In 2012, Mary Moreland found out about her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis after the unexpected death of her father. Through this book, she shares her experiences with her mother's illness, seeking to debunk some commonly held misconceptions about Alzheimer's and help correct the misinformation to break the stigma attached to it. She showcases how to handle documentation related to a loved one suffering from the disease to prepare for legal issues that may arise. Mary encourages readers to assess their loved one's needs, travel with them, and maximize their quality of life. There are also informative chapters on end-of-life care and the process of saying goodbye.

If anyone in your family is above the age of sixty or showing signs of early-onset dementia, The Gap Between is a must-read for you. Author Mary Moreland draws from her own personal experiences in dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis and provides readers with valuable information to help them take care of their loved ones. Moreland has a keen eye for detail and covers every single aspect of supporting someone with Alzheimer's. The content is written in an accessible and engaging style that will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. Apart from the educational content, some mesmerizing verses penned by the author's mother, Jane P. Moreland, fill the pages between the chapters. An illuminating read that I highly recommend.

J Webb

Full of great information through the eyes of a person that has lived through this dreadful disease with her Mother.