Book Reviews,  elder care

new every day

New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer’s with Grace and Compassion
Dave Meurer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alzheimer’s. It barges into your life, breaks your heart, bewilders your mind, disrupts your plans, impacts your finances, and consumes enormous amounts of time and energy. When someone you love has Alzheimer’s, you need more than just information on the disease–you need a break. You need a laugh. You need a friend by your side who knows exactly what you’re going through.

Award-winning humorist Dave M. Meurer is that friend. Packed with practical information–like how to get the DMV to take away the car keys or how you shouldn’t insist on correcting your loved one’s misperceptions–and plenty of true stories from his own experiences navigating life with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, New Every Day offers hard-earned wisdom and even some badly needed comic relief for readers journeying down this difficult road. With compassion born of experience, Meurer helps caregivers develop the ability to relax, adapt, and even sometimes laugh again.

This book has given me much to think on. It takes the question of caring for the elderly among us and offers options, opinions, and gives a much needed bout of laughter in many of the chapters.

I chose to review this book because the topic of elder care is very dear to my heart — it is something I am passionate about, and I am always trying to learn something new. Being a caregiver can be stressful — I’ve heard stories from several others who are full time caretakers who will tell you as much. But it doesn’t have to totally focused on the stress. This book teaches you to focus, not on the tasks, or onto disease, or the circumstances, but to focus on what’s important: the person in front of you who is trusting you to care for them in the best way you possibly can.

I enjoyed the humorous anecdotes that were speckled throughout the pages. The chapters onto topic of medicare/medicaid, and assisted living facilities/skilled nursing facilities/long term care facilities were extremely helpful and informative, without being dry and boring. It was the first time I can say that I kind-of-sort-of understand the basics of all the technicalities.

The format and the progression of the book was well done, and the content was informative. I really enjoyed it and am already planning on purchasing additional copies to give to different people whom I think would be encouraged by it. Because this is an extremely encouraging book. It’s like sitting down with a friend who understands (the author has been caring for his mother-in-law for several years now) and just being able to talk.

“We have realized a disheartening reaction from people who will abandon
a life long relationship when someone develops an impaired memory.
They sometimes actually say something like,
“Well, if they don’t know who I am,
there’s no use visiting them.” 
Memo to those people: This isn’t about you.
Your friend is still your friend, 
and your family member is still your family member, 
even in an impaired state. 
If you can still bring a moment of companionship, it is worth your time. 
If you can hold their hand or read them a story or a favorite Psalm 
or show them some funny videos on your phone, do it. 
This is about your friend or loved one int heir time of need.
This isn’t about your feeling “uncomfortable” and therefore running away.
This is about sacrifice.
About giving.
About doing something for someone else,
even when your emotions are urging you to flee.”

I would ((obviously)) recommend this book to anyone, especially for those who are caring for someone else, but also for those who know people who are, as it would give you a better understanding of what they are going through.


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was not required to enjoy the book, just to give my honest opinion.*

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