Sometimes we encounter books that have such a striking impact that the title finds its way into numerous conversations, and each time it is described as transformative. Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey is one such publication. It has been mentioned by professionals in the field of Alzheimer’s research, it has been recommended by family and friends of dementia patients and it has become a personal resource guide for many of us who have looked for insights into caring for our own loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Jolene Brackey helps us look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and focus more of our energy on “creating moments of joy.” When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of seemingly disconnected moments, so offering them lasting memories is practically impossible. We may not be able to create an entirely wonderful day for someone who has dementia, but we can create perfectly wonderful moments. Brackey helps us to understand that while they may not remember the specifics of that joyful moment, the wellbeing and happiness if brings resonates after the moment is gone. And that accomplishment is no small achievement. Reviewed by Staff