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Coach Broyles' Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers a Practical Tips Guide

Former University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles is seen here at the unveiling of his playbook for Alzheimer's caregivers.
Former University of Arkansas Athletic Director
Frank Broyles is seen here at the unveiling
 of his playbook for Alzheimer's caregivers.

Retirement hasn’t kept legendary football coach and former University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles from drawing up another winning play.

A national health care publication recently named a book written by Broyles in conjunction with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging to an exclusive list of its annual “Caregiver Friendly Awards.” The awards are conducted by Today’s Caregiver magazine and are given annually to books, media, services and related products that have the best interests of the family caregiver in mind.

“Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers,” originally released in 2006, is designed like a coach’s playbook and includes information and practical tips to help families meet the needs of their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The book was inspired by personal experience, said Broyles, who retired at the end of 2007 after more than 50 years as head coach and athletic director at Arkansas.

“When my wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I didn’t know much about the disease or the impact it would have on our lives; much of what I learned was trial and error,” Broyles said at the time the book was released. “Early on I promised myself that one day my family would share with other families dealing with Alzheimer’s all that we had learned, from our research and experiences.”

To create the Playbook, the Broyles family partnered with UAMS’ Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Beverly Healthcare, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the national Alzheimer’s Association and Caldwell Marketing and Media.

The “Caregiver Friendly Award” winners, featuring 15 media contributions, were honored at the Fort Lauderdale Fearless Caregiver Conference held on May 15, 2008 in Davie, Fla.

“This award is designed to help family caregivers recognize and reward those organizations that will care for them in as committed a manner as they care for their loved ones,” said Gary Barg, founding editor of Today’s Caregiver.

Copies of the book are distributed free of charge to Arkansas families dealing with Alzheimer’s, while Wal-Mart stores statewide also have copies available in their pharmacies. To obtain a copy of the Playbook, download or call 800-272-3900, (479) 313-5079 in Arkansas, or send a letter to the Caregivers United, 1722 N. College Avenue, Suite C#301, Fayetteville, AR, 72701.