April 20, 2017

books for carers ...if you love Liane Moriarty you'll love....The things we keep

if you would like to reserve a copy and you are a library member  - please email the Librarynsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

available as a book and an audio book 


The things we keep

:The Things We Keep is the new novel by Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives. I think Hepworth is going to cement herself as a must read author for contemporary tales that are a little different and very thought provoking.

"Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there's just one other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke. When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.




Dancing with elephants : mindfulness training for those living with dementia, chronic illness or an aging brain

Diagnosed with a disease that can't be reversed? 

Learn how to keep living life to the fullest. 

Have you received a terminal or chronic diagnosis? Is your mind succumbing to age or illness? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES. 

Author Jarem Sawatsky saw the countless guides out there for those caring for the ill and healing the curable, but when he was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease he found there was nothing for those living with incurable illness. He quit his job as a professor and devoted his life to exploring the possibilities of living with chronic conditions. Now he's bringing his findings and insights to you. In Dancing With Elephants, you'll discover: Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook Humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky's own journey Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you've been shaken to the core A new perspective to cut some of the pain and renew your spirit Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more! Based on the popular blog of the same name, Dancing With Elephants includes insightful interviews with chronic disease experts Toni Bernhard, Lucy Kalanithi, and Patch Adams. Sawatsky's landmark book provides support that only a fellow traveler down this road can offer. If you like touching stories, mindful wisdom, and a touch of irreverent humor, then you'll love Sawatsky's life-changing book. Buy Dancing With Elephants today to discover a new way to live!
 


Where the Light Gets in : Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again

Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the "Father of the Bride" movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on "Nashville," or the wife of country music artist, Brad Paisley. But behind the scenes, Kim’s mother, Linda, was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia that slowly took away her ability to talk, write and eventually recognize people in her own family. "Where the Light Gets In" tells the full story of Linda s illness called primary progressive aphasia from her early-onset diagnosis at the age of 62 through the present day. Kim draws a candid picture of the ways her family reacted for better and worse, and how she, her father and two siblings educated themselves, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, made mistakes, and found unexpected humour and grace. Ultimately the bonds of family were strengthened, and Kim learned ways to love and accept the woman her mother became. With a moving foreword by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, "Where the Light Gets In" is a heart warming tribute to the often fragile yet unbreakable relationships we have with our mothers."


Green vanilla tea














When Marie Williams' husband Dominic started buying banana Paddle Pops by the boxful it was out of character for a man who was fit and health conscious. Dominic, Marie and their two sons had migrated to Australia to have a life where they shared more family time -- when gradually Dominic's behaviour became more and more unpredictable. It took nearly four years before there was a diagnosis of early onset dementia coupled with motor neurone disease. Marie began to write, as she says, as a refuge from the chaos and as a way to make sense of her changing world. Her book, Green Vanilla Tea, has just been named winner of the Finch Memoir Prize.


What if it's not Alzheimer's : a caregiver's guide to dementia
* third edition


This book is the first comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer's dementias. Designed as both a resource and a reference guide, this useful and up-to-date handbook contains twenty-five chapters full of practical information that caregivers of FTD patients need every day. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.
Beginning with a focus on the medical facts, the first part defines and explores FTD as an illness distinct from Alzheimer's disease. Also considered are clinical and medical care issues and practices, as well as such topics as finding a medical team and rehabilitation interventions. The next section on managing care examines the daily care routine including exercise, socialization, adapting the home environment, and behavioral issues. In the following section on caregiver resources, the contributors identify professional and government assistance programs along with private resources and legal options. The concluding chapters stress the need for caregivers to take care of themselves to be able to care more effectively for a loved one with FTD.
This much-needed resource work, the first of its kind, provides a wealth of information to both healthcare profession
The Mayo Clinic guide to stress-free living 
 


Examines the causes of stress in everyday life and presents such strategies for overcoming it as the practice of acceptance and gratitude, the use of relaxation and meditation techniques, and the cultivation of closer relationships with others -- 


this book will show remarkable improvements in stress, anxiety, resilience, happiness, well-being and quality of life.

•In Part 1 of the book, will lead you on a fascinating "behind the scenes" tour of your brain and mind. You are likely to be very surprised about the reasons behind the thoughts that cause you stress.
•In Part 2 discusses the single most important skill for your success and happiness. This skill will help you discover that the present moment has more novelty and meaning than you could have ever imagined.
•In later sections, you'll learn how to exchange negative thoughts for time-honored principles. You'll enhance your focus on gratitude, cultivate compassion, creatively accept what is, and discover life's deeper meaning. 
With these skills, peace will no longer be a distant goal; it will light your entire path. 
In the end, you'll walk away with simple solutions for complex problems, and you'll know how to apply these skills to most life situations. 

 The Mayo Clinic handbook for happiness : a 4-step plan for resilient living


Discover 4 simple steps to live a resilient, joy-filled life.
The Mayo Clinic Handbook is like a treasure map that leads you step-by-step along a clearly marked path to an incalculable reward. Your reward is not a diamond mine, not a pirate’s booty, but something far more valuable — a lifetime of joy and contentment.

... offers a straightforward plan anyone can implement across 10 weeks. 
four-step self-help process is a joy to undertake and offers you wonderful rewards:
•In Step One, you’ll learn how to better regulate what you think and perceive. This step is actually so enjoyable, it to "adding chocolate powder to your glass of milk."

•Step Two is truly powerful. It will “enhance your inner strength by making you emotionally resilient and happier."

•Step Three produces results that users say range from “momentary calm” to “ecstatic bliss." 

•Step Four is designed to “help you decrease your stress and increase the energy available to you each day."















Mindfulness for carers:
 how to manage the demands of caregiving while finding a place for yourself


This book shows how simple mindfulness techniques can help caregivers to manage the stress, anxiety, depression and burnout that too often accompanies the care of people with physical, psychological or emotional needs. The enjoyable mindfulness exercises will help caregivers to regain control and maintain a positive outlook.

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