May 07, 2017

story telling at it's most insightful and brilliant best -

- is the basis of the bestseller success of Graham Stokes’ first volume 
And Still the Music Plays: Stories of people with dementia. 

Watching the leaves dance

Here in his follow-up volume Watching the Leaves Dance: More stories of people living with dementia, clinical psychologist Graham Stokes uses the same compelling combination of warmth, empathy and detective skills to shed light into the lives of people living with dementia and why they behave as they do.

also helpful are 

Creating moments of joy : 
for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia
When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Within the sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place where you can journal your thoughts, solutions, and treasures to help you achieve the overall goal of creating many moments of joy for the person with dementia, and for YOU!

Contented dementia : 
24-hour wraparound care for lifelong well-being
Dementia is a little-understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. "contented dementia" - by clinical psychologist and author Oliver James - outlines a ground breaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness. A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECIAL method (specialized early care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods...

Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion : Life After Loss

Early in 2009, after more than a decade of marriage, Elaine Soloway's husband, Tommy, began to change exhibiting inappropriate behaviors at times, becoming inexplicably weepy at others. More troublesome, he began to have difficulty finding words. Ultimately, Tommy s doctors discovered that he had frontotemporal degeneration a diagnosis that explained Tommy s baffling symptoms and transformed Soloway from irritated wife to unflappable, devoted caregiver in one fell swoop. In "Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion" Soloway documents Tommy s deteriorating health and eventual death, shedding light on the day-to-day realities of those who assume the caregiver role in a relationship with uncompromising honesty and wry humor. Charming, frank, and ultimately uplifting, Soloway's story reveals how rich with love and appreciation a life compromised by an incurable illness can be and how even widowhood can open a door to a new, invigorated life.
Reviews: "You'll be as amazed as I was as Elaine Soloway - armed with reams of information, laser focus, and her huge, compassionate heart - dives bravely into the deep end of the pool." - Jane Lynch, Actress and author of Happy Accidents

 "What a sweet, poignant collection of memories, revisited with honesty and wit. Elaine Soloway may be a rookie widow, but she is a master reporter, with high honours in tender loving care." - Elinor Lipman, Author of The Inn at Lake Divine, Then She Found Me, and I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays.

The banana lady – review by one of our carers/library members

My husband has Semantic dementia, which is disease of the brain in the FTD (Frontotemporal dementia) group and “the banana lady” and other stories of curious behaviour and speech is one of the best collection of case studies I have read on this subject. Semantic dementia is quite rare, and I felt very supported by reading this book as the descriptions presented are so similar to what I am experiencing as a Carer.
There has been quite a lot mentioned about language/comprehension problems, but this book also highlights the behaviour issues which can be very challenging indeed.
It is easy to read and there is an exceelnt chapter on Tips for Caregivers..

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