Speaking Our Minds: What It's Like to Have Alzheimer's [NOOK Book]

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"This is the best book I've ever read on Alzheimer's disease . . . Ms. Snyder's work teaches us a deep respect for the uniqueness of each individual with Alzheimer's disease, and that the most profound way to learn is to listen."
—Robyn Yale, LCSW, author of Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease, Clinical Social Worker, and Consultant to the Alzheimer's Association
"After years of thinking, reading, writing, and speaking about Alzheimer's, I'm convinced that the...
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Speaking Our Minds: What It's Like to Have Alzheimer's

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Overview

"This is the best book I've ever read on Alzheimer's disease . . . Ms. Snyder's work teaches us a deep respect for the uniqueness of each individual with Alzheimer's disease, and that the most profound way to learn is to listen."
—Robyn Yale, LCSW, author of Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease, Clinical Social Worker, and Consultant to the Alzheimer's Association
"After years of thinking, reading, writing, and speaking about Alzheimer's, I'm convinced that the best way to understand what it feels like to have Alzheimer's disease is to listen to the true experts—people with Alzheimer's. In Speaking Our Minds . . . their stories are moving, insightful, inspiring, and above all, memorable."
—Lisa Genova, Ph.D., author of Still Alice
Gain an unparalleled view into the world of the person with Alzheimer’s through this enlightening collection of first-hand accounts from seven diverse individuals with the disease. By interweaving each person’s responses with author Lisa Snyder’s own thoughtful interpretation, this rich text offers professionals, family caregivers, students, and people who have dementia the opportunity to learn more about
• The uniqueness of each person’s experience and symptoms
• Coping strategies people use to face the changes and losses in their lives
• The changes that are experienced as the disease progresses
• Barriers to living full and dignified lives
• How to identify with and listen to persons with Alzheimer’s
• Distinct issues for young-onset persons with dementia
Ideal for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias and anyone who interacts with that person. This book will transform the way you look at Alzheimer’s and how you interact with those who have it.
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: This book provides an all-too-realistic, all-too-close-to-home examination of the world of those with Alzheimer's and the people who care for them. The author shares her intimate interviews and unique insights into this devastating disease. It is both a heartwarming and a heart-wrenching experience for readers.
Purpose: The purpose is to open the window into the world of those with Alzheimer's disease and get a first-hand look at their stories and experiences of living and coping with this unforgiving disease. This book goes far beyond the typical medical explanations and theories. The author surrounds readers in reality and emotion and, in turn, fuels the readers' passion to learn more about the disease.
Audience: Clearly, the audience includes anyone who wants to learn more about what it is like for seven diverse individuals to cope with Alzheimer's disease.
Features: This is undoubtedly a weekend read as it is easy to get drawn into in the stories and lives of the seven individuals so characteristically described by the author. Bea, Bill, Jean, Bob, Booker, Betty, and Consuelo will capture readers' hearts, and I doubt there is anyone out there who cannot identify with at least one of the cases.
Assessment: There are books we have to read. This is one you will want to read. Insightful, impressive, and an inspiration — highly recommended.
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides an all-too-realistic, all-too-close-to-home examination of the world of those with Alzheimer's and the people who care for them. The author shares her intimate interviews and unique insights into this devastating disease. It is both a heartwarming and a heart-wrenching experience for readers.
Purpose: The purpose is to open the window into the world of those with Alzheimer's disease and get a first-hand look at their stories and experiences of living and coping with this unforgiving disease. This book goes far beyond the typical medical explanations and theories. The author surrounds readers in reality and emotion and, in turn, fuels the readers' passion to learn more about the disease.
Audience: Clearly, the audience includes anyone who wants to learn more about what it is like for seven diverse individuals to cope with Alzheimer's disease.
Features: This is undoubtedly a weekend read as it is easy to get drawn into in the stories and lives of the seven individuals so characteristically described by the author. Bea, Bill, Jean, Bob, Booker, Betty, and Consuelo will capture readers' hearts, and I doubt there is anyone out there who cannot identify with at least one of the cases.
Assessment: There are books we have to read. This is one you will want to read. Insightful, impressive, and an inspiration — highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938870231
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Snyder, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a clinical social worker and Director of the Quality of Life Programs for the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego where she has counseled people with Alzheimer's and their families since 1987. She was one of the pioneers in developing support groups for people with mild dementia in the early 1990s and, in the years since, has focused on gaining a better understanding of the subjective experience of Alzheimer's and the concerns specific to families facing the earlier stages of the disease. She received a professional of the year award from the Alzheimer’s Association and a regional social worker of the year award from the National Association of Social Workers for her innovative work in, and contributions to, the field of early-stage Alzheimer’s. Since 1995, she has been the publisher and editor for the international quarterly publication Perspectives - A Newsletter for Individuals with Alzheimer's or a Related Disorders which remains one of the few ongoing publications written specifically by and for people with dementia. She is also author of the book Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s (2010). Lisa consults and speaks at conferences nationally and internationally on topics related to early-stage Alzheimer’s and the subjective experience of dementia.
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