The Inspiring Story of a Caregiver

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Nicholas Andrefsky describes trials as a caregiver of someone suffering from dementia in new book “Caring for Mary”

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 70 percent of all cases, and affects one in eight Americans. In his new book, “Caring for Mary” (published by iUniverse), author Nicholas Andrefsky describes his trials as a caregiver of someone with dementia.

“Caring for Mary” documents the ups and downs of his time as a caregiver to the strong-willed Mary as she struggled with dementia. Andrefsky never envisioned that he would one day be a caregiver. Nothing in his life prepared him for that daunting task, but he was in need of money and his dearest friend on the planet asked for his help.

Mary was no pushover, but Andrefsky took a unique approach to understanding her needs. As they bonded she came to view him as a trusted ally instead of an enemy.

In “Caring for Mary,” Andrefsky recalls several different scenarios that occurred as he cared for Mary, complete with straightforward, occasionally humorous, and always honest in the assessment of how to handle each situation.

“You must understand that the person for whom you are caring will not change, and that the best way to work with them is with humor and understanding, allowing them to maintain their dignity,” explains Andrefsky. “Being a caregiver is not easy, but it can be rewarding when handled in the right way.”

About the Author
Author Nicholas Andrefsky lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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