Joining Joanie: Staying Connected to Your Loved One Through Dementia and Beyond (Paperback)

Joining Joanie: Staying Connected to Your Loved One Through Dementia and Beyond By Valerie Banks Amster (Editor), Sharon Theroux Phd (Foreword by), Stephanie Banks Levenston Cover Image


Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or a memory disorder? Are you challenged to find meaningful ways to converse and connect as the memory disorder progresses? Would you like to learn how to cultivate closeness, anticipate changing needs, keep a sense of humor, and live life to its fullest while caring for and loving someone with this disease? If so, then I wrote this book with you in mind. Join me on the journey with Joanie through the twists and turns of her lesser-known dementia. Frontotemporal dementia can develop in individuals as young as their 20s and is often initially misdiagnosed. Using my 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals with cognitive and memory disorders, as well as my personal experience supporting my mother Joanie, I offer nuggets of wisdom and entertaining anecdotes throughout these pages. This book is full of practical advice that can be immediately applied. It also offers a refreshing perspective regarding the importance of self-care and humor to keep you thriving on your journey.

About the Author

Stephanie Banks Levenston wears many hats as an author, intuitive channel, coach, Speech-Language Pathologist, Lactation Counselor, Doula, environmental protector, animal rights advocate, lover of children/elderly/animals, mentor, wife, mother, get the idea. Stephanie helps her readers and clients recognize their own powerful internal voice of wisdom and learn to trust that voice for guidance. Through a practice of meditation, yoga/exercise, time in nature, play, prayer/mantra, healthy eating/lifestyle, and time with her family and friends, Stephanie achieves balance, joy, and inner peace (most days). It is Stephanie's greatest desire to be a supportive part of another's journey back to the divine energy that is present within each of us. She knows that each person has his/her own divine connection that is waiting to be rediscovered and cultivated. Stephanie encourages laughter, humor, and lightheartedness as a direct path to our divine nature. Learn more at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781544633695
ISBN-10: 1544633696
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 13th, 2017
Pages: 112
Language: English