When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

  • by Ken Abraham
  • Narrated by Tim Lundeen
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother’s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life - and his family’s - forever. "How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you - and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone?" According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. That’s one in eight older Americans. More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love.
As he chronicles his own mother’s degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help listeners cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God’s command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages listeners through often-difficult responsibilities. And though, in most cases, patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved.
When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family’s journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease. Don’t let this catch you by surprise; be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This audiobook can help.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book

I loved the book.. it is a story like, education like, it's full of knowledge out of real time experience. Helps me to understand how to help my boyfriend's father, who I like dearly.
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- Amazon Customer

Sadly, sadly, so sadly that is a must read

My mother has senile dementia, just as the author's mother. I bought the book with the hope of finding something useful for dealing with her illness. However, I found the same sad history of his journey through this hell. Luckily, for him, his mother is kind of a very nice dementia patient. My mother is not that sweet, furthermore, she is an atheist, so believing in nothing makes the illness even hopeless. I have wondered myself what we have done to deserve to watch a loved one going through this. At the end, there is no cure, no hope. I found myself crying when doing my commuting and hearing this book. I can't say don't read it. Read it because it may help to know that you are not alone.
Read it and be prepared because this illness is a very expensive one, so not only takes away your happiness but all your assets. Read it, because it can last more than a decade.
However to be honest, my husband sometimes complains if I at the end will be like she is. And honestly I have answered to him, let me, take me to an asylum and forget about me. I have hated this time, I don't want anyone else to suffer the same hell I have suffer. I don't want my son besides me, watching me. I don't know is just me. I hope that in the near future life ending life decision could be legally made. I hope to have that chance.
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- Georgina "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2012
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio