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Of all the caregiving books I have read, this is my favorite.
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Debbie Barr is a writer, speaker, and health educator. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and her master's degree in health education from East Carolina University. She is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with interests in worksite health promotion, Alzheimer's disease, health literacy, wellness, and Christian growth.
A versatile writer and engaging speaker,
Debbie is the author/coauthor of five books
and numerous magazine articles. She was the primary writer for Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade. Other writing projects have included disease-specific patient education materials, low-literacy employee benefits materials, medical education scripts, and newsletters for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.
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Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade
Winston-Salem Journal Interview
Forsyth Family Magazine Interview
Debbie has been a guest on numerous radio programs and has given presentations in many settings, including Christian women's conferences, divorce recovery seminars, senior adult groups, community and workplace venues, dementia caregiver conferences,
and writers' groups.
Her topics range from health and wellness issues, including Alzheimer's disease education, to Christian growth and discipleship. She enjoys speaking about the 5 love languages and the Alzheimer's journey and sharing the story behind Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade. She especially welcomes opportunities to provide education and encouragement to families dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
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Across America and around the world, the five love languages have revitalized relationships and saved marriages from the brink of disaster. Can they also help individuals, couples, and families cope with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD)?
Coauthors Barr, Chapman, and Shaw give a resounding yes. Their innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the 5.5 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, as well as their fifteen million caregivers. At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia’s dark curtain to sustain an emotional connection despite memory loss.
Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer's Journey
Every year more than a million children see their parents divorce. The adults who love them want to know, "How can I help?" Based on research and interviews with single parents and children, Children of Divorce provides a sympathetic, insightful answer to their question. It discusses: * How to tell your child about divorce * How children respond to divorce according to their age * How to help children grow spiritually * How parents, grandparents, church workers, and teachers can help children of divorce. This realistic yet compassionate book tells the truth about divorce --how it forever changes the lives of those it touches. It speaks candidly about how children respond to divorce and the changes it imposes on their lives. But Children of Divorce also tells the truth about how Christianity in action can make a difference.
Children of Divorce: Helping Kids When Their Parents Are Apart
Grace For The Unexpected Journey:
A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Caregivers
As a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia, you face both practical and spiritual challenges that others do not face. Grace for the Unexpected Journey is unique among devotional books because it was written with these caregiving challenges in mind.
Each daily devotion:
Is short, ideal for demanding schedules
Reflects on a relevant Scripture passage
Features a relatable caregiving story
Offers a key Scripture for meditation
Written by a health educator with a deep concern and compassion for dementia caregivers, this devotional offers strength. When stress floods in, it points to peace. And when darkness falls, it illuminates hope. Caregivers walk a long, difficult road. This devotional gives grace for their journey.