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Before I Forget

Author : B. Smith
ISBN : 9780553447132
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“I know where I’m going. I’m still myself. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I’ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy—not that. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now.” Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks. B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way. At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope. From the Hardcover edition.

Dignity And Grace

Author : Janet L. Ramsey
ISBN : 9781506434223
Genre : Religion
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Discovering how to live with dementia "I'm a stranger in a strange land," sighed the dignified gentleman Janet L. Ramsey met walking down the care-center hallway. Those words, her first glimpse of the confusion that comes with dementia, led her into a lifetime of work with older adults. If you have been diagnosed with dementia or you are accompanying someone with this illness, you may find yourself on a journey that began with a sudden diagnosis and an acute sense of panic. Or perhaps your journey started gradually, as you noticed changes in yourself or in your partner or parent. Whether sudden or gradual, the impact of a diagnosis of dementia reorganizes a family's entire life. Drawing on her own experience as a pastor, teacher, therapist, and family caregiver, as well as on interviews with eight family and professional caregivers, Janet L. Ramsey helps caregivers and those with impaired memories learn as they listen to each other. She also shows them how the Holy Spirit can awaken their imagination and understanding while they discover how to live with dementia.

Library Dementia Services

Author : Timothy J. Dickey
ISBN : 9781838676933
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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There are 50 million people globally living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and tens of millions of their caregivers. Library and information professionals must learn to assist those with dementia. This book explores best practice guidelines and concrete ideas for serving those with dementia and their caregivers.

Before I Forget

Author : Christine Bryden
ISBN : 9781760141103
Genre : Medical
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'Some days all I want to do is give up the constant, exhausting struggle and stop trying to be normal. But I can't. It's not in me to walk away from a fight. I'll keep fighting and telling my story. Before I forget.' When she was just 46, Christine Bryden – science advisor to the prime minister and single mother of three daughters – was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia. Doctors told her to get her affairs in order as she would soon be incapable of doing so. Twenty years later she is still thriving, still working hard to rewire her brain even as it loses its function. The unusually slow progress of her condition puts Christine in a unique position to describe the lived experience of dementia, a condition affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. In this revealing memoir, she looks back on her life in an effort to understand how her brain – once her greatest asset, now her greatest challenge – works now. She shares what it's like to start grasping for words that used to come easily. To be exhausted from visiting a new place. To suddenly realise you don't remember how to drive. To challenge, every day, the stereotype of the 'empty shell'. Brave and inspiring, this is Christine's legacy for people with dementia and those who care about them. 'Christine teaches us that we are more than what our brains are capable of remembering, that while we can still breathe and love, we all have something important to contribute to this world.' Lisa Genova, author of bestseller Still Alice

The Sickle S Compass A Story Of Love War And Alzheimer S

Author : Stephen Woodfin
ISBN : 9780984208340
Genre : Fiction
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When Battle of the Bulge veteran, Woody Wilson, realizes that Alzheimer's is about to ground him forever, he goes on the run. While the police, his wife of sixty years, and his only son search for him, a diabolical mystery man from Woody's past tracks him down and kidnaps him. He escapes his captor only to find himself facing an automatic life sentence in a criminal justice system gone haywire. Thrown into events he neither controls nor understands, he demonstrates in his last heroic battle the depth of his inner resolve never to fail those he loves. The Sickle's Compass, Stephen Woodfin's fourth novel, is a fast-paced legal thriller, a poignant story of threadbare yet resilient love, and a scathing indictment of America's refusal to make preparation for the coming tsunami: Alzheimer's Disease.

Meetings With Alzheimer S

Author : Andrea Popova
ISBN : 9781483698687
Genre : Poetry
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I had a vague idea that Alzheimers had something to do with losing memories, but I knew nothing of its deeply tragic effects. By visiting these patients, I not only learned about the disease, but also about what makes us human. My mission was to encapsulate memories before they were forgotten, but looking back, I think I have captured something else. Even without memories, these people were able to teach me about the world a world they are slowly parting from with every forgotten name. Families dealing with Alzheimers disease experience things that most of us will never have to live through. Seeing someone you love look at you with vacant eyes is one of the most heartbreaking sights. When all the past fights and memories are gone, families are left with what is really important love. Whether you know someone struggling with Alzheimers disease, or whether you are just an outside observer, I hope through these stories you gain insight into this disease. Thank you for joining me in my Meetings with Alzheimers. Be happy [with] what you have. -Adi (patient)

Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 9780743216722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.

The Alzheimer S Solution

Author : Dean Sherzai
ISBN : 9780062666499
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A revolutionary, proven program for reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline from award winning neurologists and codirectors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center Over 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. While all other major diseases are in decline, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased radically. What you or your loved ones don’t yet know is that 90 percent of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented. Based on the largest clinical and observational study to date, neurologists and codirectors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, offer in The Alzheimer’s Solution the first comprehensive program for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and improving cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a genetic inevitability, and a diagnosis does not need to come with a death sentence. Ninety percent of grandparents, parents, husbands, and wives can be spared. Ninety percent of us can avoid ever getting Alzheimer’s, and for the 10 percent with strong genetic risk for cognitive decline, the disease can be delayed by ten to fifteen years. This isn’t an estimate or wishful thinking; it’s a percentage based on rigorous science and the remarkable results the Sherzais have seen firsthand in their clinic. This much-needed revolutionary book reveals how the brain is a living universe, directly influenced by nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and engagement. In other words: what you feed it, how you treat it, when you challenge it, and the ways in which you allow it to rest. These factors are the pillars of the groundbreaking program you’ll find in these pages, which features a personalized assessment for evaluating risk, a five-part program for prevention and symptom-reversal, and day-by-day guides for optimizing cognitive function. You can prevent Alzheimer’s disease from affecting you, your family, friends, and loved ones. Even with a diagnosis, you can reverse cognitive decline and add vibrant years to your life. The future of your brain is finally within your control.

Hello Alzheimer S Good Bye Dad

Author : Fay Risner
ISBN : 9781438278278
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Follow Bill Bullock's ten year battle with Alzheimer's disease as chronicled in his daughter's journal. With all that Alzheimer's tossed Bill's way as he and his family struggles with this disease, his wife, Sylvia, stands out for her strength, courage and determination to take care of Bill to the end and against all odds. This story is an awareness and education for people interested in Alzheimer's disease with helpful tips for caregivers through out the book.

Living In My Shadow My Journey With Alzheimer S

Author : Hazel Rae Minnick
ISBN : 9781619046948
Genre : Religion
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Bringing a message of Hope for living with Alzheimer's Disease "The Extreme Makeover" "The Unlikely Dancer" "Just Believe In One More Day" Promoting early diagnosis: Treatment with Meds, Coupled with Ballroom Dancing To rehabilitate the mind and body Diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 53, Everyday I fight a battle to still be me. A battle wages within - a silent predator - The thief of my mind, memory, and me. I am a voice that needs to be heard - A mind that needs to be understood - A disease that needs explanation a cure! "Dancing is Life" states Tony Dovolani - "This is a quote that is a direct parallel to life. It rejuvenates us, keeps us sound, keeps us creating, instead of dying." - quote - Tony Dovolani of Dancing with the Stars World Rhythm Champion Traveling through the Valley of the Shadow of Death - When you hear you are dying, you feel yourself disappearing - just fading away - "There is a Time to Dance!" "God Changed My Mourning into Dancing!" Ballroom Dancing - the Missing Link in My Rehabilitation. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength -they shall mount up with wings as eagles" "When You See a Single Bird Soar in Flight - Remember Me!" Living in My Shadow records my personal journals, celebrating my real life with Alzheimer's Disease from 1999 to the present. I want my writings to reflect the Hope I have in my Heavenly Father's plans for me, reflecting His sustaining companionship on this my journey living with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer S And Parkinson S Diseases

Author : Harvey J. Altman
ISBN : UOM:39015018469703
Genre : Alzheimer's disease
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Stories Of Hope And Courage My Experiences With Alzheimer S Disease

Author : Joe Guse
ISBN : 9781427616142
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The following stories are based on the author's experiences working with Alzheimer's patients and reflect the resilience he saw on a daily basis. Joe Guse is a former comedian from Chicago who now works with and cares for the elderly while pursuing a career in clinical psychology. These stories reflect Joe's passion and caring, and are all based on people he met while working as an entertainer in a variety of Nursing homes.

Living With Alzhiemers

Author : Joseph Potocny
ISBN : 145359325X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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.....this book is a compilization of Joes World Renown and read blog. It is his story of his journey with this dreaded disease that only has one ending. He tells of how his mind is slowly robbed, the theft of himself and what lies ahead. Book is raw and to the point. It tells the suffers side of the story.

Last Light Staying True Through The Darkness Of Alzheimer S Expanded Edition

Author : Harold Ewing Burchett
ISBN : 9780989817929
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1998, Harold Burchett’s life changed drastically. After almost half a century serving as a pastor and teacher, he became both homemaker and caregiver to his wife, Jane, who was battling the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s—or any serious illness—is difficult and painful. In Last Light, Burchett shares his story, weaving hope, spiritual inspiration, and practical suggestions with his personal narrative. Particularly helpful for spouses of Alzheimer’s patients, this book: • Demonstrates how the love between a devoted husband and wife can become deeper and more profound. • Offers a candid description of the extreme highs and lows that accompany Alzheimer’s. • Provides guidance for managing self-pity, giving continually without view of repayment, and turning miseries into the joy of answered prayer. • Suggests 40 hints for caregivers, from using nail clippers to expressing empathy, to handling the patient’s resistance. Written with tenderness, honesty, and appropriate humor, Last Light is an excellent source of encouragement for those walking through the struggles of any intense trial. This Expanded Edition completes Burchett’s account of his devoted care for his wife. Here he shares additional stories and lessons learned from the time of the First Edition (2002) until Jane’s death in 2010.

In Search Of The Alzheimer S Wanderer

Author : Mark L. Warner
ISBN : 1557533997
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Every year there are more than 125,000 reports of people with Alzheimer's disease who wander away from their home or care facility and are unable to find their way back. Statistics indicate that of these loved ones who are not found within 24 hours, approximately half do not survive. Mark Warner has devised this workbook as an aid to gathering the information necessary to avert a personal disaster. The book, sturdily bound and easy to use, is complete with the forms that need to be filled out and the pertinent questions that need to be asked to enhance the search for and discovery of a loved one in the event he/she wanders away. With In Search of the Alzheimer's Wanderer, readers will have all the information they need in one place to provide immediately to those who will be looking for their loved one, including the local law enforcement authorities.

The Other Side Of Alzheimer S

Author : Martha-Lee B. Ellis
ISBN : 1452545707
Genre : Self-Help
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Alzheimer’s and marriage is a complex combination of emotions. You change, too, when your spouse has Alzheimer’s. This is a poignant collection of personal experiences, moving from confusion, loneliness, and fear to understanding and peace. Knowledge of resources and connecting with others who are, or have been, faced with this consuming task help you find your way through the maze of many unanticipated challenges. Finding the support of others is critical to achieving acceptance of this life-changing event. With a sprinkling of humor, this becomes a story of the power of love, allowing you to survive it. “The Other Side of Alzheimer’s is written with honesty, sensitivity, and love. Every experience describes the physical, mental, and emotional challenges, while alluding to humor and hope. There are few published resources that deal with feelings of a spouse faced with a partner’s Alzheimer’s disease, and none I have read as good as this one. I found it to be a beautiful love story that any reader can appreciate.” —Carol Long, RN-BC Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Sozo Senior Wellness, Raleigh, North Carolina “Ms. Ellis has written a beautiful, insightful account of the journey through Alzheimer’s. It reveals how love, understanding and the acceptance of change can overcome any adversity. It applies to us all as we navigate through the ebb and flow of a significant relationship.” —Karen Brisendine Retired Electronics Industry Business Manager Caregiver “Martha-Lee Ellis has written a touching memoir that approaches Alzheimer’s from a wife’s perspective of a scary and unpredictable course. The Other Side of Alzheimer’s offers a lifeline to others going through this experience, enabling them to see that they are not alone. This story has something to benefit anyone facing this disease with their spouse.” —Michelle S. Brovitz, MS PA American Society of Clinical Pathologists Former Pathologist’s Assistant for hospitals nationwide

Spirituality Of Later Life

Author : Elizabeth Mackinlay
ISBN : 9781317955078
Genre : Family & Relationships
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“Humor expresses a certain heroic defiance in the face of life’s most challenging experience and provides a valuable resource for the celebration of life and the divine comedy of faith, hope, and love.”—From the book chapter by Melvin A. Kimble, PhD Studies have shown that as many people age, their spirituality deepens. Spirituality of Later Life: On Humor and Despair explores the challenges faced by those in later life and the use of humor for self-transcendence to achieve greater strength and deeper spirituality. Respected authorities share their insights on humor and despair in the process of spiritual development in later life, with discussions on how to provide effective pastoral practice in aged care. Spirituality of Later Life: On Humor and Despair presents the major issues that challenge people in later life that could lead them to either spiritual integrity or despair. Beyond the physical and psychosocial, this book shows how the journey into aging can—through humor—become self-transcendent and deeply spiritual in the face of physical decline. This theological perspective illustrates the full breadth of issues facing those in later life. It presents effective pastoral frameworks of care for those who struggle with the depression, dementia, disabilities, losses, and terminal illness that may accompany aging. Spirituality of Later Life: On Humor and Despair explores: humor as a path to self-transcendence in later life later life’s ’paradox of well-being’ and ’defiant power of the human spirit’ dementia and its effect on spirituality spiritual and pastoral care approaches for those with depression religiousness in older people with dementia the spiritual journey of hospice patients non-speech based pastoral care Spirituality of Later Life: On Humor and Despair provides valuable insights for aged care chaplains, parish clergy, pastoral and aged care workers, social workers, activity officers, health professionals, and anyone whose life includes an elderly person.

The Art Of Business

Author : Emery H. Mikel
ISBN : 9780857007728
Genre : Psychology
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Working as an independent contractor or in private practice is often the ideal scenario for creative therapists who want to control their own career and make decisions about the jobs and clients they take on. This practical guide to successful self-employment takes you through every step of the process, from coming up with the idea and marketing yourself, finding jobs, and interviewing, to maintaining jobs and what happens when you or your client want to end the job. Each chapter is packed with practical information and illustrative stories from the author's extensive experience of setting up her own art therapy business, considering all the likely obstacles you may face, and covering topics such as ethics and interns. This accessible companion contains all the information a creative therapist who wants to find work as an independent contractor will need to get started. It will be suitable for any level of experience and all creative therapists, including art, music, drama and dance therapists.

Alzheimer S What They Forget To Tell You

Author : Caron Leid
ISBN : 9781493170302
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Although more and more people are being affected by Alzheimer's disease, there is not enough information surrounding the true daily struggle of the disease. Although parts of this story were extremely difficult to write, and worse to ensure that the moments were captured exactly as they were it really is a personal journey. This is a story to inspire people not to take any moment for granted. This disease does not only rob a person of their memory, it takes their dignity and independence with it. It is a story of testing someone's resolve, and realizing that life is truly what you make of it. This story is dedicated to my mother, I love her and I know there are still pieces of her still with me, and that is what I hold on to. I wish I had the information in this book, when my mother was fi rst diagnosed with this horrible disease, but a long with my story, I have put in a lot of resources that are available to others. It also shows that even though you don't think that you have strength, you fi nd a way and you don't give up. I hope my story inspires you, and at least you can use something in this book, whether the disease affects someone you know, or for preventative care.

New Hope For People With Alzheimer S And Their Caregivers

Author : Porter Shimer
ISBN : 0761535071
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Presents a compassionate and practical approach to slowing the affects of Alzheimer's, describing its symptoms, latest research, and natural and traditional treatments and offering additional information to caregivers. Original. 15,000 first printing.

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