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 excellent chapter on Tips for Caregivers..
The film, Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury, captures one year in the long, but short journey of frontotemporal dementia, a little-understood disease that strikes people in the prime of life.
*The changes were subtle at first. She asked Pam to meet for coffee one day, but it was surprisingly difficult to engage her in conversation. To the question “What’s going on, am I boring you?” she answered prophetically, “No! I’m just in my head. ” Then she offered a reassuring hug – which wasn’t reassuring at all.
*Everyone misread the cues: “We’re not as close as we used to be;” “She must be mad at me;” “Maybe she’s depressed.” As Laury’s friend Nelsie said, “I don’t think it ever occurred to us she couldn’t access language, that she was trapped in her brain and couldn’t access it.”
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in the care setting that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep their elders from being silenced.
Gen Silent was filmed in the Boston area over a one year period. During that time, director Stu Maddux followed six LGBT seniors through their decision to either stay open about their sexuality or hide it so that they can survive in the long-term health care system.
LGBTI People and Dementia [DVD]
For LGBTI people, often referred to as the invisible Australians, ageing and dementia place them in the vulnerable position of needing to depend on health and aged care services when a lifetime of discrimination and prejudice has taught them always to be wary and to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity or conceal being intersex.
This training DVD invites you, your service or your organisation to begin looking at what kind of welcome you will offer them.
The things we keep
*this book is available in 3 formats - paper back on CD or download on your overdrive app
AWAY FROM HER is a beautifully moving love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnamable paths of a long marriage. Married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona's (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humour.
Eventually, Fiona decides that it is time for her to enter into a retirement home that specializes in the dementia care. One of the more archaic rules of the place is that a patient may not have any visitors during their first month in the facility in order to 'adjust.' After an excruciatingly painful 30 days separated from his wife, Grant returns to the care home to discover Fiona seems to have no memory of him and has turned all of her affection to Aubrey (Michael Murphy), another resident in the home.
Grant, finding no option but to accept his new status as an attentive acquaintance visits her daily and is forced to bear witness to the cement bond that has developed between her and Aubrey.