October 05, 2016

a deeper perspective

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
We are increasingly aware of the economic and emotional cost of dementia, but its spiritual dimension is often overlooked.
Between Remembering and Forgetting brings together contributions from distinguished and experienced practitioners in the front line of dementia research and care to reflect on this, and to explore the implications for Churches and other faith groups, as well as for individual carers.  an exchange of ideas and information those who believe that older people should not be considered passive recipients of care, but as valued and cherished members of society who can inform and enrich the lives of others. In particular the Centre is developing an understanding of spirituality as lived by older people, and aims to support them to express their spiritual awareness.

Staying alive
Staying alive is much more than a personal challenge. For most of us it revolves around health and medicine, good fortune and opportunity.
  • Introduction An idea whose time had come /​ Julianne Schultz
  • My Mount Everest /​ Meera Atkinson
  • The unblooded author /​ Joanne Carroll /​
  • Opting out /​ Susan Varga
  • Life in death /​ Diego De Leo
  • Memoir Deaths I have outsmarted /​ Andrew Belk
  • Playing with fire /​ Bille Brown
  • Conscripts to the cavalry /​ Simi Linton
  • Yahtzee and the heart of happiness /​ Helena Pastor
  • Sex and the single bed /​ Virginia Lloyd
  • A doctor's notebook /​ Frank Brennan
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    Frank Brennan
    Dr Frank Brennan is a Sydney physician whose gift is caring for the dying and their families. Frank worked for the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, as a paediatrician in South Africa, and for the Sacred Heart Hospice before specialising in palliative care.
    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.
  • Reportage The best of times, the worst of times /​ Peter Browne
  • Learning from forgotten epidemics /​ Ian Townsend
  • In the waiting room /​ Sarah Kanowski
  • The road to Fallujah /​ Donna Mulhearn Ross Barber /​ David Nielsen
  • The juror's tale /​ Joanna Mendelssohn
  • Fiction Post mortem /​ Jane Nicholls
  • Hanging on /​ Michael Wilding.


    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.
    Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms.
    She had to learn ways to make “being sick” the heart of her spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy.
    I am not sick, I don't need help! : how to help someone with mental illness accept treatment
    This book fills a tremendous void…" wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don't Need Help! Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador's research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed a mental disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill.

    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.


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