Mindful Dementia Care is a book of stories and a book of love. It is a book without denial, without any papering over of the challenges that can be involved with being a caregiver, and the sadness, anger and frustration they may bring. It is also a life-changing source of information that can revolutionize relationships with a most vulnerable population.Mindful Dementia Care is a book of stories and love. It is a book without denial, without any papering over of the challenges that can be involved with being a caregiver, and the sadness, anger and frustration they may bring. It is also a life-changing source of information that can revolutionize relationships with among the most vulnerable populations in our midst.
In her decades as a caregiver, Ruth Dennis witnessed the tragic results of the medicalized and institutionalized way of caring for people with dementia. And equally clearly, she saw a better way. Mindful Dementia Care illustrates alternative methods for making a difference and achieving results through care that honors the whole person. They key is creating an environment with countless enriching touchstones to the inner person through facilities that are filled with art, animal companions, music, dance, books, laughter and wholesome food. It is an approach that embraces creative and artistic processes to shape a more loving, spiritual approach for elders and their families.
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About the Author
Velma Arellano has more than two decades of experience in elder care. She has overseen the development of two state-of-the-art Alzheimer's memory care homes, both of which are currently Eden Alternative Registered homes in New Mexico. By placing love, care and fun before business models, she is committed to changing the culture of how our aging population receives care.
Luke Nachtrab is an owner and the president of Vista Living. He and his wife, Kara, have three children - Joey, Kate and Molly - and live in Sylvania, OH, where his father founded Vista Living in 1996. His passion for making a positive impact on those with dementia and their families is evident in his business philosophy which emphasized integrity and compassion.