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Dementia Together: How to Communicate to Connect

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Dementia is an illness that causes no physical pain. But just ask anyone who cares about someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia if their heart isn’t aching. The pain in dementia comes from feeling hopeless, alone, or disconnected from loved ones—but a broken relationship can be healed. This book is for family members and friends, for spouses, caregivers, and those wh ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by PuddleDancer Press
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Katie Morrow
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me keep my sanity. I look after my mother who has some dementia and I was finding it really hard to stay patient and loving. This book helped me to explore my attitude and to become more interested in what my mother was really trying to communicate. It has helped us to find a way to have fun together again. When I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, I can open this book up and it is like having a wise friend whispering in my ear. It's a keeper. ...more
Pati Bielak-Smith
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ENDORSEMENTS OF DEMENTIA TOGETHER
“Emphasises how authentic relationships are at the heart of supporting
someone with dementia. Makes a compelling case for how—with a curious
and empathic approach to communicating—two-way connections can be
enriched over time. Practical and humane, this book is recommended for
anyone caring for or about a person with dementia.”
—TIM BEANLAND, PhD, Head of Knowledge, Alzheimer’s Society

“A vitally important and helpful book on an essential topic.”
—PETER J. CONRADI, PhD,
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Christie
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure as it opens the possibility of finding meaning and joy in what would otherwise be a dispiriting and tragic situation. The author, Pati Bielak-Smith offers a profoundly wise model for relating to a loved one even as that person is changing and losing memory.

The template of releasing our judgment and attachment to the way things were gives guidance not only for the painful reality of caregiving a demented person, but of actually transforming our minds in any difficult situa
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Mr S
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book, with a great heart.
The author presents a way of being with those who live with dementia in such a connecting way. I found her suggestions and examples really useful, not just for connecting with those with dementia, but also to my own stories and difficulties.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about anyone.
Alexandra Wilson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover in an afternoon and found it extremely easy to read, profound and thought provoking too. I recommend it to anyone facing a journey of dementia whether personally or professionally.
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