About the Book
Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia affect a startling number of people in America – many more than most people think. In 2008 the Alzheimer’s Association estimated approximately 5.2 million people in the United States had Alzheimer’s disease. Experts predicted that by 2010, almost half of a million cases will be diagnosed each year, and one of eight baby boomers will develop this disease. Oftentimes, when faced with the responsibility of being a primary caregiver or legal guardian, we are not prepared to cope with this “life changing” situation.
I was inspired to write this book to share my story of being a primary caregiver to my mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps you may be one of many persons who have elderly parents or a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If so, there may come a time when you must take care of your elderly family members.
This book is based on my experience of being a primary caregiver for ten years, as well as being an ordained minister and certified biblical counselor. My Christian faith and education served as a strong foundation for the role of being a caregiver. However, the information and current research included in this book will be helpful to those readers who are not necessarily believers. This book may also help the reader to be more supportive to others who may be caregivers for persons suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Although this may be used as a helpful resource for information, it will not make one a counselor which requires many years of specialized education and training.
About the Author
Born and reared in Detroit, Michigan, Reverend Catherine Roberson is an admirable woman. An ordained minister since 2005, Reverend Roberson serves as a pulpit minister, under the leadership of her husband of 36 years, Rev. Dr. David L. Roberson, Pastor, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located in Southfield, Michigan. In 2006, Reverend Roberson founded the “Health and Healing Ministry” at New Hope, and currently serves as the ministry’s Director. The ministry has sponsored several community health fairs, providing free medical testing, and educational workshops promoting health and wellness. Reverend Roberson also currently serves as Minister to the “Women of Hope” ministry.
Reverend Roberson has always enjoyed learning and achieving academic goals. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove University, Detroit, MI; and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University, School of Law, in New Jersey.
It has been Reverend Catherine Roberson’s good fortune to receive several awards from public service organizations. In 2005, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Southfield Alumni Chapter, awarded Reverend Roberson with the Torch Award for Outstanding Ministry and Community Service. In 2009, she was recognized by the Board of Directors of Gospel Against AIDS, and in 2014, Rev. Catherine Roberson was awarded the first Community Service Award by Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Lamba Chi Chapter, a professional nursing sorority located in Detroit, MI.
Reverend Roberson is author of two books. In her first release, Harmony In Marriage: More Than Sex, with over three decades of experience as a godly wife and mother, as well as experience as a professional, minister and mentor, Reverend Roberson shares marital wisdom that goes beyond mere sex. Her second release, God’s Chosen One: A Caregiver’s Story, is Reverend Roberson’s personal testimony of caring for a loved one, and the pain, trials and spiritual triumph associated therewith. In the latter, Reverend Roberson shares her story of caring for her mother, who suffered from dementia and later Alzheimer’s.
Through her publications, Reverend Roberson seeks to inspire and encourage others to overcome adversities, becoming victorious with the help of the Lord.