Front Line Alzheimer's: New Book by Tom Wearden

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Tom describes his experiences over 15 years, 24/7 caring at home for much-loved wife Margaret. His book offers valuable background understanding for medical and social services professionals, politicians, fellow carers and the public.

Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, could impact on anyone. There are over 800,000 UK dementia sufferers, over 1 million by 2021,.Already more than 670,000 UK carers plus millions of relatives and friends are affected in the UK,

Front Line Alzheimer's by Tom Wearden

This true story of love, devotion and distress is addressed to medical and social services professionals, politicians, fellow 24/7 home carers and the public.

At 67 Tom retired, looking forward to well-earned years of travel and fun with his wife Margaret. Then came Alzheimer’s.

It could happen to any of us. Tom is just one of the global millions of home carers looking after loved ones stricken, in later life, with Alzheimer’s and other terminal diseases.

Tom, now 83, gives a phlegmatic account of looking after his wife at home, grieving over her descent into almost total incapability while coping with the many practical and organisational problems along the way.

This sometimes harrowing tale describes a lifestyle that few medical professionals appear to comprehend, yet brings a glimpse of humour, hope and personal fulfillment.

Endorsements for Front Line Alzheimer's.

A comment by Richard Bagley,
Chairman, Thrive - a charity using gardening to transform lives,
Director, The Roger Counter Foundation - a charity supporting people living with lymphatic cancer.

"Tom is a true inspiration to all those who want to care for someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. I admire his ingenuity. He has managed to overcome grief, adversity and a lost retirement by making caring for Margaret his 'fifth profession'. Tom's book is a practical manual as well as being a poignant insight into the everyday life of the unsung hero - the lifelong carer."

A comment by Shemain Wahab,
Coordinator, Uniting Carers - an involvement network of family carers of people with dementia,
Dementia UK - a charity intent on improving the quality of life of dementia patients.

"A moving and insightful account of one carer’s very personal journey which will resonate with many.

Tom details his caring experience from the start, writing about the challenges faced, lessons learnt and people who have helped to make a difference. This book will be of great support to family carers at whatever stage of their caring journeys, and a useful tool for all healthcare professionals that, in some way, encounter dementia."

A comment by Linda Gabriel,
Chair, Bromley Mind - a charity providing dementia care and mental health services in the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham.

"Caring for a relative with dementia is very demanding, both practically and emotionally. Tom Wearden's book is a thoughtful and moving account of 15 years spent caring for his wife, which brings the reader into his world. Anyone involved in dementia care, either personally or professionally, will benefit from sharing Tom's experiences."

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