The Stages of Grace: Life and Love in the Face of Alzheimer's by Connie Ruben – Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway!


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Stages of Grace: Life and Love in the Face of Alzheimer’s by Connie Ruben
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,   149 pages
Genre: Memoir, drama
Publisher:   Xlibres
Release date:  July 2015
Format available for review:  Print and ebook (PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 9, 2016
Content Rating: PG (There are a couple of swear words such as “asshole” but no F words)

Book Description:

This book was written out of a desire to share with others who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease what I have experience as Grace’ caregiver and friend. I wanted to capture the emotions, the expected and the unexpected issues, the painful times as well as the humorous and loving moments that Grace and I have shared as a result of this disease. This is not mean to be a handbook for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, but I hope that by sharing my feelings and experiences, readers may recognize they are not alone on this particular journey.

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Meet the Author:


Connie Ruben is an entrepreneur with well-developed management skills. She has run several large companies, and prides herself on empowering others to work to their full potential. Connie also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and joys of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease, as her mother-in-law Grace was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease in 2003. While Connie still struggles to balance her work life and home life, her understanding of this disease has made it easier for her to negotiate the demands of being a caregiver, as well as a wife, mother, and employer. She has written this book in order to share the insights she has gained as Grace’s primary caregiver and friend. Most importantly, Connie wants this book to assure others that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be enjoyable, life-affirming, and emotionally significant.

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I’m Not Stubborn, She Is! by Connie Ruben (A caregiver’s anecdote)

Gosh, this woman is stubborn… I would set out her clothes each day as I knew Grace so well , thus was totally aware of her tastes, and what outfits were her favorites. I had created a set of cream colored slacks and a blue top. She, would put away the blue top and pull out a god-awful yellow one. I, would tell her calmly that the “yellow one did not go with her cream colored slacks and we should save that top for another day”. She would smile and inform me that she was wearing the yellow top. Of course, as “I was the boss” I would take charge and start the process of putting the yellow top on her. She would sit there with her arms by her side and simply not allow me to dress here. I would try to manipulate the top onto her body but she would keep moving so I could not. After a bit of this, and some words to go along with it, I would toss the yellow top on the bed and stomp out of the room. A few minutes later, Grace came out of the room with the yellow top on. It was on backwards, but it was on.. We just laughed.. yep, I was the stubborn one…


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