A deeper perspective on Alzheimer's and other dementias : practical tools with spiritual insights
Soul-searing, life-testing situations have what some call "fall out blessings."
The book is about understanding some of the deeper lessons we are exposed to through caring for individuals with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
We all want a cure. But in the meantime, while this illness is still with us, how can we create a quality of life for each person in each stage of the disease?
How can we look deeper into situations that, at first glance, look hopeless and destructive in order to find opportunities for insight, inspiration, and great understanding of ourselves and those we love? How can we allow the full measure of the experience to unfold and be felt with as much of ourselves as we can bring to bear? This book will help people caring for those going through the difficult dementia journey find a way, through the tumultuous waves, to remain awake and open to the blessing of a journey that opens the heart, nurtures compassion, and ultimately enables each of us to be better human beings.
It is also for those brave individuals living with memory loss illnesses, so that they be supported and allowed to live their experience fully in their own unique way, to express themselves, to love and be loved, and to be sheltered from harm-that with each stage of the progression, those around the person with dementia find ways to emphasize the loved one's remaining strengths rather than spotlight their weaknesses.
A person with dementia has a whole and well spirit and, in the broadest sense, their brain is a vehicle of self-expression; it does not define their essence.
Finally, this book addresses head on the final stage of the disease, when the brain has exhausted all its compensatory ability and the individual is no longer able to take part in regular day to day life. At this advanced stage of the disease process, people with dementia are in a deep, internal state that caregivers generally cannot access and share. It can be a very disheartening time.
When ready the individual will know the time to leave, and if allowed, will let go.
She addresses the more subtle, spiritual dimensions of this illness with much compassion and understanding, offering new insights into areas that have not been explored in other books on the disease.
Between remembering and forgetting: The spiritual dimensions of dementia edited by James Woodward
Staying alive is much more than a personal challenge. For most of us it revolves around health and medicine, good fortune and opportunity.
He has worked in Australia and Ireland. He has an interest in all aspects of palliative care including the interface of this discipline with the humanities.
Inspired by his time in Ireland and the story telling tradition there he began to write narratives of encounters with patients and their families that had moved, challenged or humbled him. In addition he has written on pain management, palliative care and human rights.
How to be sick : a Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregivers
by Toni Bernhard
The author—who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career—tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way.
In this latest edition, 6 new chapters have been added, new research on anosognosia (lack of insight) is presented and new advice, relying on lessons learned from thousands of LEAP seminar participants, is given to help readers quickly and effectively use Dr. Amador’s method for helping someone accept treatment.
I AM NOT SICK, I Don't Need Help! is not just a reference for mental health practitioners or law enforcement professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others…to LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner-and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.