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Dignifying Dementia
     

Dignifying Dementia

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by Elizabeth Tierney
 

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From the Prologue:
Diagnosed with dementia in 1997, my husband, Jim, lived at home during his illness and died there in January 2006.
I wish this story were fiction, but it is not. Dignifying Dementia is both a love story and an attempt to reach out to others who are living through or who will live through a similar tragedy.
It is written in the hope

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From the Prologue:
Diagnosed with dementia in 1997, my husband, Jim, lived at home during his illness and died there in January 2006.
I wish this story were fiction, but it is not. Dignifying Dementia is both a love story and an attempt to reach out to others who are living through or who will live through a similar tragedy.
It is written in the hope that others might benefit from what I learned as the caregiver of a dementia victim. Only then will Jim's cruel affliction serve some purpose, because it might help others feel less lonely, bewildered, angry or frustrated than I did, shorten the dreadful learning curve, or encourage others to ask more questions and make fewer assumptions. And because it might remind members of the health care industry - from physicians to orderlies, from agency administrators to certified nursing assistants - that dementia victims and their loved ones are human beings who deserve respect, kindness, empathy and patience, so often lost in our fast-paced society.
The diagnostic process I describe was painful and disappointing; perhaps someone else's caregiving experience might be easier. Caring for Jim was exhausting; perhaps someone else's might be less draining. Watching someone lose his or her mind and body is not polite. It is rude and mean-spirited. Dementia brutalized Jim and stole the love of my life from me. It altered him, us and me.
This is not a medical text; it is the story of our experience with dementia and the lessons I learned as I tried to be Jim's voice, to maintain his dignity and to care for him and for me.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904887720
Publisher:
Oak Tree Press
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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Dignifying Dementia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ninja_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Dignifying Dementia is like reading someones personal journal. The only difference is that this journal consists of one's Heart, Mind and Soul...and the challenge is trying to decide which one you agree with at the various stages of their journey. This book is the Gold Standard for anyone brave enough to walk down the aisle and utter the words "in sickness and in health". This book should be reprinted with the title Compassion for Dummies. And, finally, this book could and should be used as a manual for caregivers of anyone in need of care. If ET set out to Dignify Dementia and her Husband's Final Years, she achieved that goal and much, much more.
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