What to Do Between the Tears - A Practical Guide to Dealing with a Dementia or Alzheimer's Diagnosis in the Family - book by Tara Reed
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Do you have a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer's?

Do you want to feel less overwhelmed and more empowered?

This practical guide offers a framework to help you work through the decisions you will face and how to find the happy moments and joy in your new reality.

Tara walks us gently through how to live a happy life in the midst of profound sorrow.
Vikki C

Many will be finding courage, reassurance and clarity with Tara's concise guide through this tough passage of Life.
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  • Learn. Learn More after a Diagnosis so you understand what is happening in your loved one's brain and where unusual behaviors are coming from. Also discover ways to react to decrease conflict and stress – for them and for you!
  • Plan. Make sure financial and legal plans are in place so you maintain control of decisions and assets that your family will need to pay for future care.
  • Know your options. Understand the medical choices you may face and the options you have for care. Learn how to decide whether in-home care or putting a loved one in a care facility will be best for your loved one and your family.
  • Get Support.  No one goes through this journey alone. Get tips to care for yourself and how to ask for help from others.
  • Stay Connected. Discover how to stay connected with your loved one as the disease progresses and how to make End of Life plans that respect the wishes of everyone involved.
I stayed up and read your book from cover to cover …. WOW! I can now envision what I (and my dad) will be going through — and what I need to do PRONTO! The planner in me is about to come out and guide him more effectively!
Penny S.

In this Book, You Will Discover:

What you can and can't control

Understanding what you can and can't control will give you more peace of mind and help you put your focus and efforts on the things that can make a big difference in the journey.

What you can and can't control

Understanding what you can and can't control will give you more peace of mind and help you put your focus and efforts on the things that can make a big difference in the journey.

How to plan for the critical decisions ahead

Discovering the kinds of decisions your family will face will allow you to have the tough conversations BEFORE a crisis so the best choices will be made for your loved one.

How to stay connected to your loved one as the disease progresses

As dementia or Alzheimer's progresses it becomes harder to communicate with your loved one. They may forget your name or who they are. Many let valuable opportunities to connect slip by when they are busy focusing on what they are losing instead of what they can experience in the present… Discover how to make memories along the journey.
This is an excellent guidebook for anyone coping with the difficult problems encountered in helping loved ones suffering from dementia. I regularly represent clients who have family and friends diagnosed with dementia and I am recommending this book to those clients.
David J. Ferry, Jr., Esq. Elder Law Attorney

Every 66 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, the 6th leading cause of death and the ONLY cause of death in the top 10 that is not preventable or curable. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are approximately 5.3 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's – 2/3 of those are women. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates approximately 36 million people have Alzheimer's. These numbers will grow exponentially as the population ages.

In her handbook, “What to Do Between the Tears,” Tara Reed shares useful, practical information in a concise, yet conversational manner. There is both wisdom and honesty in her words and I was drawn in by the personal vignettes about her family's dementia journey with her father. I recommend this book to anyone beginning a similar passage with their own loved one and truly wish her handbook had been around when I began that same sojourn with both of my parents years ago.
Vicki T

About the Author: Tara Reed

Author Tara Reed with her dad, George Reed
My dad's Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2012 changed my life and became the beginning of a new business. The fact of the matter is, we had no idea WHY he was acting the way he was let alone how to respond to it. What I discovered changed our journey and can change yours too. It was the basis of this book which has helped hundreds of families and can help you too.
A comprehensive, loving book full of practical support and lots of heart that will help anyone who wants to understand dementia, the challenges of caregiving, and the light to go towards on this journey.
Trynn Rose

How you approach the challenges of having a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's can make all the difference in your journey. ​From your physical, emotional and mental health to what you make of the time you have left with your loved one. For every person with Alzheimer's, it is estimated that 1-4 family members are involved in their care.

Watch the video below to see the impact Alzheimer's has on the entire family…

(This video was created less than a month before George Reed passed away…)

​Tara Reed, creator of Pivot to Happy, is one of the millions of family members involved in care and decision making. Her father had Alzheimer's and passed away in August 2016.

Click here to read Tara's poem, If Alzheimer's Could Speak…