Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia” as Want to Read:
Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Since then she has gone on to challenge almost every stereotype of people with dementia by campaigning for self-advocacy, writing articles and speaking at national conferences.

This book is a vivid account of the author's experiences of living
...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dancing with Dementia, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dancing with Dementia

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kiki
Jan 27, 2012 Kiki rated it really liked it
There are no community reviews of this book? Srsly?

I feel like I'm the only person in the whole world who's read this book. I think I took it on about three years ago, picked it up here and there and enjoyed it at a steady pace. It's pretty moving; the story of a 46-year-old woman suffering from dementia (which is a devastatingly young age to be diagnosed). Told from her point of view, it's different and entirely necessary. Let me explain.

For about thirty-five years, my mother has been a registe
...more
Kathleen Dixon
This is an amazing book about acceptance and about finding ways to live with a debilitating disease. Christine Bryden was diagnosed with dementia at only 46, and she takes us through the next several years as she creates support groups, writes books, lectures, gets married, and simply deals with everything along the way. She had amazing support, and an amazing determination.

For me, at times the book felt a little "confessional" and with too much repeated detail about everyday life, but it was st
...more
Gail
Jun 02, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
I have an unusual response to this book, for a couple reasons, some of which have to do with my own family experience and some which come from the questioning that my scientific training demands. The author, Christine Bryden, has been diagnosed with dementia, from a full battery of tests that include brain scans, cognitive tests, and so on. She notes a number of alarming memory symptoms. Her doctors are convinced she has dementia, and they remind her of that frequently.

Here's the thing, though.
...more
Dawn
Apr 02, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
I received this book via NetGalley, to read and provide an honest review.
I already knew quite a bit about dementia when I started this book, but have always wondered how we know as much as we do about its effects on those affected. I've read about the experiences of carers, but it was really interesting to read a first-hand account. The author has done so much to raise awareness of what it is like to live with dementia, and is a positive role model. Her account of life with dementia supported wh
...more
Carolina
If I was recommending this book to someone looking to learn more about dementia I would probably advise them to read the book's third chapter, where the author gives advice on how to be a care partner for someone with dementia, and the FAQs at the end of the book, because I think these are the most educational parts of the book. The rest of the book is a nice insight to Christine's own experiences and is fairly pleasant to read, though if you're in any way uncomfortable with mentions of religion ...more
Jan
Sep 24, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
My mum has Alzheimer's Disease, and this book has been a great help in understanding some of what she is going through, as she comes to terms with the diagnosis and as her brain physiology changes. Christine Bryden has written a very insightful and honest book. I particularly appreciated the appendices, listing the different types of dementia and their treatments. I feel that, having read about the effects of dementia from a sufferer's perspective, I can now be of more help to my mum - more pati ...more
Julie
Oct 28, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Far too much of this book is taken up with the story of the author's world-wide book tour. A world-wide tour that, incidentally was paid for by the pharmaceutical company that makes one of the top (alleged) dementia-slowing drugs on the market. Hm.
Truthful
As a dementia patient myself, Christine's writing is terrifically inspirational. She is absolutely amazing!!
Rochelle
Sep 19, 2012 Rochelle rated it it was ok
Fascinating insight into someone with dementia and their thoughts
Kate Mcsweeney
Kate Mcsweeney rated it really liked it
Apr 29, 2014
Tutu
Tutu rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2014
Tracey Shorthouse
Tracey Shorthouse rated it it was amazing
Jan 04, 2017
Sheri Mizell
Sheri Mizell rated it it was amazing
Aug 31, 2013
Daryl Edmonds
Daryl Edmonds rated it really liked it
Apr 09, 2013
Aoife McGovern
Aoife McGovern rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2016
Deborah
Deborah rated it it was ok
Oct 14, 2014
Karen joy
Karen joy rated it liked it
Apr 04, 2016
Jill Lamond
Jill Lamond rated it liked it
Feb 26, 2015
Ljonz
Ljonz rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2014
Tutu
Tutu rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2014
Linda Lin
Linda Lin rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2015
Leeanna
Leeanna rated it really liked it
Mar 22, 2017
Kathy
Kathy rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2016
kelly duffy
kelly duffy rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2017
Yuko
Yuko rated it really liked it
Nov 12, 2016
Chrissiejw
Chrissiejw rated it liked it
Feb 16, 2017
Alison
Alison rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2015
Gina
Gina rated it it was amazing
Jun 02, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



“I knew nothing about them, nothing in the 'normal' sense of how you know people and recognize them. The way I know people is in a spiritual and emotional way.” 0 likes
“There's a knowing of who a person really is right at their core. But I have no idea who they are, in terms of who they are meant to be in your world, of cognition and action, and labels and achievements.” 0 likes
More quotes…