Speaking Our Minds: What It's Like to Have Alzheimer's / Edition 1

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Overview

Gain exceptional insight into the world of the person with Alzheimer's through this enlightening collection of first-hand accounts. Speaking Our Minds provides an unparalleled view into the day-to-day experience of Alzheimer's through the reflections of seven diverse individuals with the disease. By interweaving each person's responses from in-depth interviews with her own thoughtful interpretation, dementia expert Lisa Snyder explores the many dimensions of the Alzheimer's experience. As a result, 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 This book is ideal for people with early-stage Alzheimer's and related dementias as well as for anyone who interacts with that person, including professional or family caregivers, friends, and relatives. Discussion questions provide thoughtful material for use in coursework in aging and dementia, support groups, or book groups. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives of each featured person means that you will likely find similarities between the people in this book and your own personal experience. Whether this is your first introduction to Alzheimer's or you have an extensive knowledge of the disease, you are sure to learn from some or all of the brave and honest people who are featured. This book will transform the way you look at Alzheimer's and how you interact with those who have it.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
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.
From The Critics
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: 9781932529500
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 627,166
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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