October 29, 2016

a warmhearted look at dementia



The woman next door

Over the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become more than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs.

 Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home.
 Polly embarks on a surprising long-distance relationship. But she worries about her friend next door. Stella's erratic behaviour is starting to resemble something much more serious than endearing eccentricity..

With her trademark warmth and wisdom, Liz Byrski involves us in the lives and loves of Emerald Street, and reminds us what it is to be truly neighbourly.



Still mine
 This is an intimate portrait of Frank, a man in his late eighties who finds himself caring for his wife of 61 years.

Whilst no formal diagnosis is ever made, it is apparent that Irene has dementia and requires more support to continue to live at home.

Facing the realities of their changing circumstances,

Whilst taking on more tasks within the home, to compensate for Irene’s changing abilities, Frank also contends with the concerns of his seven children and their preference to have Irene, or possibly both Frank and Irene, getting professional care or support.

Still Mine is ultimately a story about a relationship between husband and wife and their staunch determination to remain together and care for one another. 

 Whilst their situation bends them, it does not break them and Still Mine is, among other things, a story of triumph.

fireflyFirefly dreams,
A Japanese film about a troubled teenage girl who forges an unlikely friendship with an older person with dementia, becoming her carer and companion.
 
As the summer passes, Naomi grows closer to Mrs Koide and her aunt’s family and whilst sometimes puzzled by Mrs Koide’s abrupt changes of topic, she tolerates and supports Mrs Koide’s needs.
Dementia is not overtly referred to in this film and the carer role that Naomi occupies is quite lightweight – focused on companionship ..
 

One day at a time : sharing life with dementia
 
Care partners are the essential ingredient in the life of a person diagnosed with dementia.
 
 In this her first book, Dorothy shares her insights into learning how to cope, live and laugh as a carer of a person with dementia in order to help family, friends and the community to realise the emotional trauma of the early years as a 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

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