Dancing with Dementia : My Story of Living Positively with Dementia Paperback
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 with dementia, exploring the effects of memory problems, loss of independence, difficulties in communication and the exhaustion of coping with simple tasks.
She describes how, with the support of her husband Paul, she continues to lead an active life nevertheless, and explains how professionals and carers can help. Christine Bryden makes an outspoken attempt to change prevailing attitudes and misconceptions about the disease.
Arguing for greater empowerment and respect for people with dementia as individuals, she also reflects on the importance of spirituality in her life and how it has helped her better understand who she is and who she is becoming. Dancing with Dementia is a thoughtful exploration of how dementia challenges our ideas of personal identity and of the process of self-discovery it can bring about.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 28/01/2005
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781843103325
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Review by missizicks
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 patient with her, and more able to encourage her to retain as much of her independence as she can for as long as possible. It should be required reading for any healthcare professional working with dementia patients, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has dementia and is still able to read, as well as for people who are caring for someone with dementia.