September 29, 2015

Resilience !


Resilience CD or Book
In a postmodern and largely secular Australia, finding or making meaning out of life is deeply problematic. Many of our connections with family, community and region have been severed; spirituality has been uncoupled from religion; and, buoyed by a rising tide of materialism, a near-universal sense of uncertainty has taken hold.
Amid all the Oprah-style navel gazing, an industry dedicated to self-help has encouraged the cult of victimhood. It is from this tendency, and a perceived failure in Western societies to focus on strengths and resilience, that Anne Deveson's book draws its ambitious agenda.

What is resilience, this "facing adversity with hope"? 

Resilience, then, is to be found in myriad qualities. It spans humour, personality traits, good parenting and support networks throughout childhood, the belonging offered by ties of community and social values, and intangible quantities of reciprocity and hope. Resilience can involve the act of bearing witness. It might draw on spirituality or forgiveness. But above all it resides in engagement with life.

When a family member has dementia : steps to becoming a resilient caregiver
Caring for a person with dementia is a difficult and often- overwhelming task. In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more troublesome behavior problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. Behavioral challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic. No two patients are alike, and interventions that work well with one person are often ineffective with another. Caregivers often become stuck: either unable to figure out how best to help their loved one, or unable to consistently implement positive practices they know would improve their situation. This book offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them become more resilient in the face of difficulty and change. McCurry teaches caregivers how to take advantage of their own creativity and inner resources to develop strategies that will work in their unique situations. She presents her set of five core principles and then brings them to life through vignettes. Anyone who lives, works, or comes in contact with a person who has dementia will benefit from this volume.


Bouncing back : how to overcome setbacks, become resilient, and create a happier life
In this practical book, Brian Babington, a professional counsellor specialising in grief and loss, outlines some approaches to cope with the initial trauma of loss and failure - and to find ways to recover. 
 Babington guides the reader through ways of coping with anxiety and despair, releasing loss, re-energising themselves and realigning their attitudes. He includes over 50 techniques for readers to choose from in creating their own path to recovery.

Bouncing Back provides a simple six-step Resilience Plan to build emotional strength that includes exercise, nutrition, rest, breathing well, creating peace and calm, learning to solve problems and determining new directions. It offers hope and solutions to people experiencing tough times and seeking greater fulfilment.
Loss, trauma, and resilience : therapeutic work with ambiguous loss
Pauline Boss
Whether it is a parent in the grip of Alzheimer's or a spouse missing in a disastrous event, we are all touched by ambiguous loss. Here Pauline Boss, the principal theorist of the concept of ambiguous loss, guides therapists with new concepts and practices in the task of building resilience in clients who face the trauma of loss without resolution.

Resilience and aging : research and practice
 Book review
An outstanding contribution to the scanty literature that addresses the intersection of resiliency and aging. Dr. Lavretsky does an excellent job of discussing the interrelatedness of resiliency neurobiology with psychological, social, cultural, religious, and spiritual dimensions. Accessible, original, and well sourced, Resilience and Aging will be of great interest to aging adults and professional caregivers alike.
(Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital)
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