A discussion based on Dr. Shaw’s book, Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey. This collaborative, groundbreaking work between a healthcare professional, caregiver, and relationship expert will: Provide an overview of the love languages and Alzheimer’s disease, correlate the love languages with the developments of the stages of AD, discuss how both the caregiver and care receiver can apply the love languages, address the challenges and stresses of the caregiver journey, offer personal stories and case studies about maintaining emotional intimacy amidst AD. Click here to purchase or for more information on this book.
A recorded discussion led by Dr. Edward Shaw, originally provided on September 29, 2022.
Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, is dually trained as a physician and mental health counselor. He was the primary care partner for his late wife Rebecca, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 at age 53 and died in 2016 after a 9-year journey. Ed was an oncologist for 23 years, then in 2010, inspired by Rebecca’s journey, his medical interest shifted to dementia diagnosis and treatment, and with his additional training in mental health counseling, he founded the Memory Counseling Program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem. The Program serves individuals, couples, and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. He is the author of several books, including “Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey,” which he will be speaking about, and “The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook” a comprehensive resource for dementia care partners providing understanding, education, and hope for the long journey of dementia caregiving from diagnosis through end-of-life (both books available on Amazon). Ed is now retired to devote more time to public speaking, educating, and encouraging seniors, people living with dementia and their care partners, and medical, mental health, and other healthcare professionals working in the fields of aging and dementia. He resides in Winston-Salem with his wife Claire (who was an Alzheimer’s caregiver for her late husband). They have four adult children and four grandchildren