Thanks to everyone who checked in this week for book week! We hope that the recommendations were useful to some of you out there and we are always open to hearing about new and helpful books. There are plenty of other categories that we could have added had there been more time: books for professionals working in the field of dementia care, spiritual/inspirational dementia books, books on activity ideas for persons with dementia, historical books and fictional books related to dementia. For books in these categories or others, please give us a call at 1-800-272-3900.
Today we are finishing up our week with one of the most important categories – books for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The list is short, but worthy and we hope that these will be helpful to anyone out there that is on this journey. Remember that you are not on it alone and that we are always here to help however we can! Call us at 1-800-272-3900 if we can be helpful to you in some way!
Recent medical advances have made it possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s when symptoms are only mild. New drugs are under investigation to help slow progression of the disease, and there is hope on the horizon for more effective treatments to keep the disease at bay. Today, when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they may have many years ahead with only mild symptoms. The result is that a growing number of people with early-stage Alzheimer’s are seeking information about how to take charge of their diagnosis, manage symptoms, and cope effectively with the disease. This book fills an enormous void by providing a straightforward, practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activity, planning for the future, strategies for easier communication, participating in research and clinical trials, and much more. This book is a working guide to help the person with Alzheimer’s feel empowered to move forward in life in light of this challenging diagnosis.
In Speaking Our Minds, seven diagnosed individuals of various ages and backgrounds express their thoughts and feelings about what it is like to have Alzheimer’s disease, to live with it day to day, and to cope with its impact on their lives. Although afflicted with the same disease, each person’s experience is unique. Told with honesty and insight, their stories cover personal history, diagnosis, family and social interactions, philosophical and religious perspectives, and the many neurological and pychological dimensions of the disease that permeate their lives.
Transcribed from taped, in-home interviews, the seven narratives are interspersed with the author’s own thoughts and observations about the different lives unfolding before her and of the disease whose common themes bind them all together. What emerges is a powerful and compassionate portrait of people forced to define themselves in new ways, not just by what has been lost, but also by what endures.
A unique and illuminating exploration of the subjective experience of Alzheimer’s disease, Speaking Our Minds offers hope and understanding to anyone whose life has been irrevocably touched by it.
“We are foolish, those of us who think we can escape the traps of aging,” writes Tom DeBaggio. “I was one of them, dreaming of a perfect and healthy old age….Now, at fifty-eight, I realize the foolishness of my dreams as I watch my brain self-destruct from Alzheimer’s.” Losing My Mind is DeBaggio’s extraordinary account of his early onset Alzheimer’s, a disease that “silently hollows the brain” and slowly “gobbles memory and destroys life.” But with DeBaggio’s curse came an unexpected blessing: the ability to chart the mechanics and musings of his failing mind.
Whether describing the happy days of his youth or lamenting over the burden his disease has placed upon his loved ones, DeBaggio manages to inspire the reader with his ability to function, to think, and ultimately to survive. By turns an autobiography, a medical history, and a book of meditations, Losing My Mind is a testament to the splendor of memory and a triumphant celebration of the human spirit.