March 26, 2015

Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory

from On Being by Krista Tippett


Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? Alan Dienstag is a psychologist who has led support groups with early Alzheimer's patients, as well as a writing group he co-designed with the novelist Don DeLillo. He's experienced the early stages of Alzheimer's as a time for giving memories away rather than losing them. listen to the podcast
Alan Dienstag is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and Westchester County.
for books on writing or spirituality and dementia see:
  • Spirituality and personhood in dementia
  • Ageing and spirituality across faiths and cultures
  • The dhance : a caregiver’s search for meaning
  •  Karma
  • Pure Meditation
  • Finding the way : a theology of ageing
  • Unconditional confidence : [instructions for meeting any experience with trust and courage]
  • Transforming the quality of life for people with dementia through contact with the natural world : fresh air on my face
  • Reasons of the heart : a vision for the new millennium
  •  No act of love is ever wasted: the spirituality of caring for persons with dementia
  • Between remembering and forgetting : the spiritual dimensions of dementia
  • Ceremonies for spiritual healing and growth
  • Ministering to people living with dementia : a pastoral guide
Books on writing see:
  • Writing to heal the soul : transforming grief and loss through writing
  • Write through loss and grief : a guide to recovery through writing
  •  I want to write, but don't know where to start
  •  A life story
  • Love, life, loss a roller-coaster of poetry
  • Writing works : a resource handbook for therapeutic writing workshops and activities
  •  Remember when... : how to unlock your life story
  • Yesterday, today & tomorrow : a book of memories and reflections : a personal journal
  • Writing from life : trigger questions
  • Effective goal setting for writers
  • Writing your life story (but not necessarily your autobiography)
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