The Caregiver’s Voice Book Review
Alzheimer’s: A Caretaker’s Journal by Marie Fostino and published by Seabord Press in late 2007 is one of those rare family caregiver books written in real time. Unlike many caregiving books written as recollections of caregiving experiences from years ago, Fostino’s book is fresh, compelling, vivid, and poignant. It accomplishes its aim in helping the caregiver know what to expect.
What a gift! Joe Fostino had a saint for a daughter-in-law! How else can one describe the heroic deeds simply told? The highs, the lows; the joys, the tears; the frustrations, even the anger; and the commitment–yes, the unwavering commitment of a loving mother of five who devotedly cared for her father-in-law in a manner unparalled during the past decade.
Alzheimer’s: A Caretaker’s Journal begins with a brief history of war hero Joe Fostino and features letters from Joe’s son (the author’s husband) and two of her five children. Fostino then opens her private journal for the benefit of caregivers, family members, and all who want to learn more about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re a caregiver or plan to be one, do yourself a favor, buy this book! If you know of a caregiver who could use a helping hand, give this book as a gift. If you are a professional, share copies of this book with your clients.
You will be warmly touched and heavenly inspired by the story of St. Marie Fostino, who juggled long work hours while lovingly tending to her father-in-law’s day-to-day needs for two years until his final breath.
Reviewed by Brenda Avadian, MA
Editor of The Caregiver’s Voice Book Review (April 9, 2008)