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Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

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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
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan 27, 2012 Kiki rated it really liked it
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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
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
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.
Apr 02, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
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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
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
Sep 24, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
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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
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.
As a dementia patient myself, Christine's writing is terrifically inspirational. She is absolutely amazing!!
Sep 19, 2012 Rochelle rated it it was ok
Fascinating insight into someone with dementia and their thoughts
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