Is There Any Ice Cream?

Surviving the Challenges of Caregiving for a Loved One 

with Alzheimer's, Anxiety and COPD 

Understanding a caregiver's life will benefit: 

          1. anyone in a support role, 
                 2. 'friendly visitors,'

         3. service workers,        

            4. family and friends

             5. caregivers

Judith Allen Shone never asked “what if” her loved one became ill and she, alone, and in her seventies, had to be the one to care for him. It never occurred to her that she would become a caregiver 24/7, without support for four years.


She never dreamed she would experience desperation and loneliness beginning just three years into retirement.


But that is exactly what happened. Would you have been ready? How would you grapple with unfamiliar situations?

It was from the years of coping, day to day, that Shone sensed the need to tell their stories, to write the book of shared emotional experiences that she wished she had found when she was a floundering, new caregiver.

so...what next?  
Read and become familiar with what might be ahead. Reduce fears and gain confidence through being aware of the coping mechanisms another caregiver learned as she lived.

Written for those who want to learn about the world of caregiving, Shone juggles humor with insight as she chronicles the story of an unprepared and desperate caregiver, living through formidable experiences on an emotional journey, caring for her loved one with COPD, Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, vascular dementia, cancer with occasional mysteries arising.

According to the Alzheimer Society, as of March 2019, 50 million people were believed to be living with Alzheimer’s disease, worldwide. We may well become a caregiver for one with dementia.


  On the day of diagnosis
          you become a caregiver. what?

 Will you be overwhelmed?

       Do you know that spouse-caregivers

         can laugh & cry,

             feel anger & depression;

               can be happy & grateful,

                  make mistakes & learn,

                      slam doors, carry guilt,

                          feel alone & need support??

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Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, Part One

Is There Any Ice Cream?




   for ease of reading! 

Through her collection of experiences,
the author reveals how, over time,
her attitude was challenged, moving her to
accept the gift of caregiving.


"And just like that, I was a caregiver."

Taken from Is There Any Ice Cream? © 2019


Rosalynn Carter, former American First Lady,
has said,

"There are four kinds of people in the world:
those who have been caregivers,
those who are currently caregivers,
those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need caregivers."

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, is a two-book suite, 
Is There Any Ice Cream? © 2019  and  

Did You Hide the Cookies? coming in 2020.


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