August 19, 2014

Aspects of ageing

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Mindfulness-based Interventions for older adults evidence for practice
Carla Martins
Based on extensive clinical research, this book sheds new light onto how Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can be used with older adults as an effective complementary intervention, identifying specific ways in which MBSR programmes can be adapted and fine-tuned to meet the needs of this group.
Presenting robust new evidence to support the efficacy of MBSR as a holistic therapeutic approach, the author draws interesting and original conclusions about its positive impact on older people's psychological and spiritual wellbeing, physical health, neuropsychological performance, attitudes towards death and dying and overall quality of life. The lived experiences of older adults taking part in an MBSR programme provide rich first-hand insights into the therapeutic process, and the author draws valuable conclusions about ethical considerations and the responsibilities and personal transformation of the MBSR facilitator.

Have the men had enough? : a novel
Margaret Forster
...Grandma has rapidly progressing dementia. The once tough, witty and self-reliant woman has had to be moved from her home in Glasgow to be nearer her family. She has always put her menfolk first, always been the carer, but now must let them care for her.
Grandma has three children....
Martin who thinks she should have put straight into a Home and refuses to have anything to do with her care. Nor will he allow his children to visit in case they are frightened.
Bridget who was the least favoured child now lavishes love on her mother with the certainty that she will get better. She is single, a nurse working shifts and a lover - Bridget is not always there when needed.
Charlie pays the bills but tries to stay emotionally detached and seems unable to make decisions as to Grandma's future.
The story is narrated alternately by Charlie's wife, Jenny, and his daughter, Hannah. Jenny has never got on with her mother-in-law but it is on her shoulders that most of the care-giving falls. She becomes increasingly tired and worried as she struggles to look after her home and family while being on constant call to aid Grandma. Jenny is the only one who is willing to confront the reality of Grandma's future and to take steps to towards what needs to be done.
Hannah is seventeen - beneath the cheek she gives her Grandma and the disgust she feels at her lack of table manners and her embarrassing incontinence lies a compassionate heart and she is always willing to lend a hand. She is also very observant and constantly questions what is happening around her.
I do think this is a book that will be most appreciated by anyone whose life has been touched by the loss of a loved one to dementia.
It's brilliance lies in this being a very ordinary family and so very easy to relate to on an emotional level. The different attitudes of the characters are recognisable, as are the small, day to day happenings that create such frustration and despair. If all this sounds a bit depressing, it's not! Margaret Forster writes with insight about one of life's sad and painful experiences but she does it with a great deal of humour and I laughed a lot. Memorable and thought-provoking!

Review from Tell Me A Story blog

On Golden Pond [DVD]
This classic film from 1981 stars Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, it shows the conflicts between three generations as the Thayers, a crotchety old professor and his wife, spend their summer together on a lake in New England. The couple agrees to mind their estranged daughter's boyfriend's child, while the daughter and her boyfriend go on a trip. The boy bonds with the old man in a way his daughter never did. Shows the terrors and graces of aging.


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