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Shaking Hands with Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Compassionate Caregiving

With Alzheimer's disease on the rise, family members and friends of patients are looking for
answers more than ever. Shaking Hands with Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Compassionate Caregiving by Maria Pertik, Ph.D., is designed to help caretakers and relatives incorporate compassion in their everyday interactions with Alzheimer's disease patients.

Pertik believes that both the caregiver and patient can benefit from a little compassion in daily interactions. Having been in the readers' shoes with her own mother years prior, she hopes that her book can be the source of support she always wished for.
While Pertik's main goal is to provide caretakers, family members and friends with better ways to interact with patients, she wants them to realize the importance of doing so with compassion. She believes that by doing so, individuals will be able to improve the relationship they have
with their parent, sibling, neighbor, friend or whomever they may be caring for.
The author discusses simple yet effective communication skills that emphasize compassion for the individual with Alzheimer's disease. She covers topics such as grieving, difficult care giving decisions and the caregiver's own routine of self-care. She uses firsthand experiences and a variety of support tools to help readers do their job to the best of their abilities.
"Having been touched both in my professional and personal lives by this disease, I felt the need to provide support and techniques for caretakers and those indirectly involved in the process," Pertik says.
The book is available for sale online at and other channels.
About the Author:
Known as Dr. Mo, Maria Pertik, Ph.D., has a background that spans both mental and physical health as a registered nurse with her doctorate in psychology. Her experience with Alzheimer's disease dates back to her mother, who she took care of until she passed away. Additionally, she has taught thousands of assisted living caretakers, and observed how they interacted with residents and their family members. She has worked with major corporations teaching individuals how to manage stress. She is a licensed and certified Alzheimer's trainer with the Department of Child and Family in Florida as well as certified mental health nurse and biofeedback therapist. Her book, "Stress Management and Me," has been used internationally, especially through the Peace Corps in Santa Domingo and Ecuador.

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