I'm Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer's Care

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A revolutionary new approach to Alzheimer’s care, focusing on a patient’s strengths to maintain connections with others and the world

There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease— though it can be treated. For the last fifteen years, John Zeisel, Ph.D. has spearheaded a movement to treat Alzheimer’s non-pharmacologically by focusing on the mind’s strengths.

I’m Still Here is a guidebook to Dr. Zeisel’s treatment ideas, showing the ...

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Overview

A revolutionary new approach to Alzheimer’s care, focusing on a patient’s strengths to maintain connections with others and the world

There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease— though it can be treated. For the last fifteen years, John Zeisel, Ph.D. has spearheaded a movement to treat Alzheimer’s non-pharmacologically by focusing on the mind’s strengths.

I’m Still Here is a guidebook to Dr. Zeisel’s treatment ideas, showing the possibility and benefits of connecting with an Alzheimer’s patient through their abilities that don’t diminish with time, such as understanding music, art, facial expressions, and touch. By harnessing these capacities, and by using other strategies, it’s possible to offer the person a quality life with connection to others and to the world.

In March 2013, Dr. Zeisel and his work will be the focus of the program airing on public television stations entitled “Hopeful Aging,” bringing his life-changing ideas to a national audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583333761
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 216,932
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Zeisel is the president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, and is the founder of the Hearthstone Way, an innovative and practical approach to the care of people living with dementia. He developed ARTZ, the Artists for Alzheimer’s program, which develops guided museum tours and other cultural experiences for those living with the disease. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia, and has taught at Harvard, Yale, and McGill. His work has been covered in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and O: The Oprah Magazine, and on ABC, CNN, and the BBC. Zeisel divides his time among Montreal, New York City, and Woburn, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

1 Embracing Alzheimer's: A New Philosophy of Care 1

2 The Alzheimer's Journey: The Symptoms and Progression of the Disease 26

3 The Alzheimer's Brain: The Good News and the Bad News 55

4 Art and Alzheimer's: How to Connect with Someone through Visual Art 79

5 The Dramatic Arts: Music, Poetry, Theater, Films, and the Circus 105

6 Treatment by Design: How Appropriate Living Spaces encourage independence and Well-being 136

7 Building a new Relationship: The Five Rules of Communication and the Seven Rules of Relationship Building 152

8 Appreciating the new Relationship: Accepting the Changes in a Loved One Living with Alzheimer's 177

9 A Two-Way Street: Why Changing yourself is Vital to Effective Treatment 188

10 The Gifts of Alzheimer's: Insights Gained from Learning to Give and Receive 216

11 Being in the Present Moment: A mindfulness Meditation 232

Acknowledgments 243

References 249

Index 255

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