Known for changing attitudes, reducing sadness and bringing smiles to faces of "children of all ages," ice cream has been reported to momentarily alter moods and shift attention in some with memory loss, most times in a good way.
While it may be the expectation that produces the satisfaction, some believe eating ice cream makes a difference in how they feel. Even though it is not always beneficial to the consumer, ice cream appears to represent many happy moments for those who love it.
A few have said that those with dementia are among those who crave ice cream. Some recognize that craving might come from a lifelong relationship with a sweet treat, familiar people, or special events. Regardless of why, most of us love our memories and the good feelings that linger after tasting ice cream.
It is true that several times a day, My Love with Alzheimer's asks, "Is there any ice cream?" He has asked for years. I picked the name of my book to reflect a very familiar behavior.
In the book, Is There Any Ice Cream? ice cream represents My Love's long-loved treat, a food craved, as well as a distraction that became a momentary intervention during a ...well, you can read about it.
Caregiving can become profoundly surreal at times. The ice cream cone and lilacs came together in my mind following one very surreal event when My Love was going in and out of hallucinations during the period I was toying with the initial cover ideas.
Author relies only on memories of smiles on happy faces to substantiate the value of ice cream.