July 27, 2015

Books to nourish the carer

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Instant happy : 10-second attitude makeovers
You’re just ten seconds away from a brighter, more centered, supremely fabulous you! No matter what challenges life throws at you—from relationship roadblocks to everyday stressors to unexpected forks in your path—happiness guru Karen Salmansohn is here with colourful “thought interventions” to teach your old brain some new tricks. With witty sayings, inspiring philosophies, colourful graphics, and a dose of cheeky tough love, Instant Happy is the perfect inspirational self-help book for people who don’t have the time or patience for self-help books.
So next time you’re feeling stressed, stuck, blue, pissed off, or pissed on, simply flip open a page in Instant Happy to kick yourself out of that negative feedback loop and into a positive thought pattern. Karen’s no-BS tone, quick-acting humour, and contagious optimism will soon have you ready to take on the world.

Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-beingThis book will help you flourish." With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years--and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different--it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman's game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life--for individuals, for communities, and for nations.
With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism (also available from the library)

The reality slap : finding peace and fulfilment when life hurts
The “reality slap” is a rude awakening that creates a gap between what you have and what you want. . The bigger the gap, the harder it is to bridge it-but it is possible. The Reality Slap offers real-life stories and simple exercises to help readers stop depending on things outside of themselves for validation and well-being and instead work on finding peace and fulfilment within.  Readers learn to find peace and calm in the midst of pain and chaos by using painful emotions to cultivate greater wisdom and compassion. The acceptance and commitment therapy concepts in this book will help all readers not only survive, but thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

Being mortal
In "Being Mortal," bestselling author tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, "Being Mortal" asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Ambiguous loss : learning to live with unresolved grief
When a loved one dies we mourn our loss. We take comfort in the rituals that mark the passing, and we turn to those around us for support. But what happens when there is no closure, when a family member or a friend who may be still alive is lost to us nonetheless? How, for example, does the mother whose soldier son is missing in action, or the family of an Alzheimer's patient who is suffering from severe dementia, deal with the uncertainty surrounding this kind of loss?
In this sensitive and lucid account, Pauline Boss explains that, all too often, those confronted with such ambiguous loss fluctuate between hope and hopelessness. Suffered too long, these emotions can deaden feeling and make it impossible for people to move on with their lives. Yet the central message of this book is that they can move on. Drawing on her research and clinical experience, Boss suggests strategies that can cushion the pain and help families come to terms with their grief. Her work features the heartening narratives of those who cope with ambiguous loss and manage to leave their sadness behind, including those who have lost family members to divorce, immigration, adoption, chronic mental illness, and brain injury. With its message of hope, this eloquent book offers guidance and understanding to those struggling to regain their lives.

I'm too young to be seventy : and other delusions
Contents   --  At Seventy   -- At Seventy Erotic Options   --  Teeth  -- Hmmm   --  Re: Vision   --  As Time Goes By   -- Soul-Searching   --  Still Married   --  The Secret of Staying Married Not Merely His Life Companion   --  Body Heat   -- Why Marriage Was Invented   --  At the Opera   -- In the Middle of the Night   --  Some of the Reasons I Love to Go to the Movies   --  To My Husband When He Starts Contemplating Remarriage or If I Should Die Before I Wake, Here's the Wife You Next Should Take   --  The Children and Grandchildren   --  They May Be Middle Aged, But They're Still My Children Granddaughter   --  New Kid Around the House   -- Namesakes   --  A Letter to My Sons About Mother's Day  -- What Do We Tell the Children?   --  Role Reversal   -- The Sixth Grandchild   --  The Rest of It   -- Nervous Too Young to Be Seventy   -- Keynesian Economics   --  If We Stopped Trying   --  On Not Being a Good Sport About the Fact That I'm Going to Die One of These Days   -- At the Airport   --  Still Dieting After All These Years   --  The Rest of It

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