WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • Your book is awesome! The drawing and writing are fun but informative. I love the paper and cover too!

    —Lynda Fishbourne


    It's such a beautiful, thoughtful and loving book. It'll be such a help for caretakers who have a loved one who suffers from FTD and other types of dementia.

    —Sauny Rockey


    Your book arrived in record time. I am completely enthralled with it. I feel every word speaks directly to me. You describe so many things that are word for word what happened to us. Misdiagnosis, people who didn’t believe you, financial difficulties, loss of dignity and relationships. Your illustrations are delightful. They make the book readable. Your 12 tips are exactly on target. They mirror many of the things I have learned about grief. This is not surprising as being a caregiver is in so many ways another form of grief. We are grieving the loss of the life we had, the loss of the person as we knew them, the loss of privacy, as our home and lives are invaded by physical therapists, social workers, doctors, home health personnel, occupational therapists, etc. I wish that I had known all of this when I was a caregiver. A i knew was that I thought I was going crazy - lashing out at people, crying frequently and resenting all the people who had invaded our life. I was focused on one thing - finding a cure for my husband - but in the end, I could not save him.

    —Mary O Ellis

  • Robin's book offers constructive thoughts for everyday living. It is so useful for those of us dealing with FTD.
    —Diana Winoker


    Written by a caregiver for other caregivers, 12 Tiny Well-being Tips for Caregivers gives great recommendations in simple, concrete steps. The author Robin Albright uses straight talk with gentle words of love for her dear husband Dave to describe his signs of change in brain function that led to the medical diagnosis of Frontal Temporal Degeneration (behavioral variant). In simple words Robin Albright describes the resulting challenges as she and her husband’s wonderful marriage suffered through his unexpected harsh changes in function. Her path to discovering helps and hopes for herself are easy points for other caregivers to read, understand, and try.

    As the caregiver tips unfold in the pages of this delightful adult-coloring book, her drawings for the reader to color show a sense of humor. In fact, the words seem to dance across the pages. The “12 Tiny Well-being Tips…” are not tiny at all; they are ginormous. The terrific tips can help caregivers of persons with progressive dementia take real steps to become stronger, renewed, and resilient. The tips can ease caregivers into taking better care of themselves.

    The thick pages of this adult-coloring book invite pigment from a set of magic markers, colored pencils or crayons in the hands of caregivers as they spend time alone to relax while learning and being creative. Or coloring pages with the person who has the dementia diagnosis or another family member may provide calm bonding. Some of the pages carry positive messages such as “I can do this!” and should be colored, cut-out and posted on the refrigerator door, washer and drier doors, and bathroom or bedroom mirror. Caregivers and their loved ones may benefit from such positive, visible reminders.

    This love story of Dave and Robin in adult-coloring book form has real tips, strong positive messages, and contact information about national resources. 12 Tiny Well-being Tips for Caregivers promises to guide an overwhelmed caregiver toward healthier self-care and other-care.

    —Leilani Doty
    PHD Department of Neurology
    Mcknight Brain Institute, Gainesville, FL