Suzanne Bottum-Jones Explains Dementia to Kids in “Nice to Meet You… Again”

 

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By Suzanne Bottum-Jones, RN

Nice To Meet You… Again is the representation of years of sitting with families as a Registered Nurse, holding their hands, witnessing their frustrations, and sharing in their journeys through dementia. After fifteen years of wishing for a tool to help families learn strategies and see hope for their interactions, my father developed dementia, and I decided I needed to move my teaching outside of myself as the deliverer and multiply the effects that I, alone, could not make.  As I prepped for this, I remembered the countless families that made their final decision to stop visiting their loved ones because it was so upsetting to see the changes in their loved one and because of their fear of how these visits were affecting their children. This became my mission: to develop a tool that would help families change these moments of frustration by giving them the tools to help “see” a different expectation and journey, and change the flavor of their interactions.

bottum jones coverIn the short time the book has been available I have been blessed with  many responses from families of how they wished they would have had this resource when they were in this journey, or how it is currently changing their journeys and giving them back their joy with their loved one.  Professionals and family caregivers have stated they carry the book with them because hardly a day goes by in which someone they know or meet shares their journey of dementia. By offering this book, they state that they feel like they can finally do more then just say, “I understand;” in addition they can offer hope.

As I look back over the last 2 years, I am so glad I had the courage and support to do something new and scary, like write a book, in the hopes of affecting lives and making a difference. I am currently battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, making me even more grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned and my love for these families without needing to be physically there myself. My goals for this book are very humble. If I am able to shed the light of understanding compassion for people experiencing dementia and their families and therefore decrease, by even a few families, feelings of isolation and despair, I will consider this project a shining success. The best thing we can do is talk about the behaviors, symptoms and compounding effects of dementia on our families and society openly, to help engage our public in empathy for these issues. In this way we empower everyone and multiply our efforts towards moments of joy and love. I wish you peace, hope and understanding in your journey.

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About the Author

bottum-jonesSuzanne Bottum-Jones is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience working with the management of behaviors and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, brain injury, and other forms of cognitive impairment. She is a nationally recognized speaker, behavioral consultant, educator, and advocate who works to encourage health professionals and caregivers to include behavioral strategies designed to move beyond pharmacologic only interventions. Suzanne is currently involved in developing and piloting ABAIT (Agitated Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Tools), a software platform designed to merge with electronic medical records that assist health care professionals and caregivers to improve quality of life and health outcomes for dementia patients. She resides in rural Wisconsin with her family on a five-generation farm. She loves sharing the beauty of the farm with friends, caring for her family, and helping families experiencing difficulties with dementia. Her motto in life has been to live gently, love passionately, and to choose joy everyday.

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Christmas Books All Month Long! Day 9: “Max’s Christmas Adventure” and “Max’s Midnight Adventure”

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It’s the Christmas season! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to curl up with a Christmas-themed book, a steaming cup of tea, and a sweet treat. I can’t send you tea and cookies, but I can send you some great book suggestions. Throughout the month I’ll be featuring DOZENS of books. Load that Kindle! It’s going to be a long winter!

Today we have a pair of children’s books from Wendy Leighton-Porter. This selection comes from the lovely ladies at Lovin’ The Book’s Christmas Countdown. Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! I’ll be hosting this Christmas Countdown through December 23rd, followed by my Twelve Days of Christmas Book Blast starting December 26th through January 6th.

Maxs Christmas Adventure

A second solo adventure awaits Max the time-travelling Tonkinese cat in this Christmas short story. Invited to accompany a well-known figure on a whirlwind trip into the past, he sets off on a mission to search for something very precious to his owners Jemima and Joe Lancelot – their missing parents. The hunt reveals tantalising clues to this mystery and ends with a special surprise for the twins.

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Max the talking Tonkinese cat has a third solo adventure in this seasonal short story. What happens when the feline hero is trapped in the attic one night? Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family?One thing’s for sure, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again. 

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