by Sydnee Hendricks
The statistics are staggering—1 in 45 Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease with no cure in sight. Millions of families and caregivers will be impacted by this deadly disease and seek help. The new book Me, Harvey, and ALZ: How I Kept My Husband Who Has Alzheimer’s Coherent For Over a Decade by Syndee Hendricks promises hope for families to keep their loved ones not only alive longer, but most importantly coherent!
Syndee Hendricks wrote the book based on her own experience as a loving wife dedicated to keeping her husband coherent after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Hendricks had no experience dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. Though she knew Harvey’s mother had Alzheimer’s disease, she did not learn of the heredity perspective until years later. Inside these pages you will not only read Syndee and Harvey’s special story, you will also gain information about what many have asked her when they saw how coherent Harvey remained past that first decade, and how she kept her own sanity.
Instead of following the usual prescriptions dictated by ideas in Western Medicine, Hendricks developed effective solutions based on alternative treatment ideas to specific processes designed to help manage everything, from medications to caregivers. Readers are given a first-hand account of Hendricks’ experience managing her husband’s needs working with western medical practitioners to get the best possible treatment options. She combined those medications with natural supplements and nutritionals that resulted in keeping her husband Harvey coherent. She outlines and takes readers through a step-by-step process of how she does everything, from identifying alternative treatment options to managing her support team of caregivers.
The book features numerous systems and management ideas. It includes forms, safety ideas for the home, binder tab recommendations to track critical information, easy recipes, and preparations tips for quick and time-saving lunch ideas. As an added bonus it includes suggestions for stress management, free meditations, quick and easy emergency items, and a discussion about grief. She even has a chapter on finding and adopting a support pet.
Hendricks also wrote Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Guide for You and Your Disabled Loved One, which is filled with tools that have the capability of helping people gain sanity with the Alzheimer’s journey of supporting a loved one and in several life areas. She walks you through many processes to improve life for the loved one and the caregiver, and save time through the many tasks of life as a caregiver and important life areas—and she helps identify areas to improve self-esteem, lower stress levels, and more.