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Forget Memory Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia

ISBN-10: 0801892503
ISBN-13: 9780801892509
Edition: 2009
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Description: Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting's study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humor, and emotional connection; translates into accessible language a wide range of provocative academic works on memory; and addresses how advances in medical research and clinical practice are already pushing radical changes in care for persons with dementia.Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting's cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss.

Preface
Introduction: Dementia Is Hard, but It Needn't Be This Hard
Understanding Our Fears About Dementia
What Is (and Isn't) Memory? How a Better Understanding of Memory Might Ease Our Fears about Its Loss
The Danger of Stories: How Stereotypes and the Stigma of Aging and Dementia Can Hurt Us
The Stories We Tell about Dementia in Popular Culture
Memory Loss in the Mainstream: Tightly Told Tragedies of Dementia with Science as Hero
Tightly Told Tragedies of Dementia: Then versus Now
Not So Tightly Tragic: Stories That Imagine Something More
Not Tragic at All: Stories about Memory Loss without the Old
All of the Above: Denny Crane as the Clown of Dementia
Moving Through Fear: Stories About Dementia that Inspire Hope
StoryCorps and the Memory Loss Initiative
Memory Bridge
To Whom I May Concern
Time Slips Creative Storytelling Project
Songwriting Works
Dance: "Respect" and "Sea of Heartbreak"
The Visual Arts
Duplex Planet: The Art of Conversation
The Photography of Wing Young Huie
Autobiographies by People with Dementia
Conclusion: How and Why to Move through Our Fears about Dementia
Appendixes
Program Description and Contact Information
Recipes from Chapter 1
Images and Stories of Dementia
Timeline of Stories and Events in the Recent History of Dementia
Notes
Index

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