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ISBN-13: 978-1932529234 ISBN-10: 1932529233 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932529233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932529234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thoughtful and self-reflective, this collection of illuminating essays offers a rare glimpse into the often incomprehensible world of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease. Diagnosed at age 58, psychologist Richard Taylor shares a provocative and courageous account of his slow transformation and deterioration, and of the growing divide between his reality and the reality of others.

With poignant clarity, candor, and humor, Taylor addresses the complexity and emotions surrounding issues such as the loss of independence and personhood, unwanted personality shifts, the struggle to communicate, changing relationships with loved ones and friends, continuous declines in ability to perform familiar tasks, and never-ending uncertainty about the future.

Alzheimer's from the Inside Out is a captivating read for anyone affected by this mind-robbing disease. Individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease will take comfort in the voice of a fellow traveler experiencing similar challenges, frustrations, and triumphs. Family and professional caregivers will be enlightened by Taylor's revealing words, gaining a better understanding of an unfathomable world and how best to care for someone living in it.

About the Author

Richard Taylor has lived for five years with a diagnosis of dementia probably of the Alzheimer's type. A former psychologist, he is now a champion for individuals with early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Richard served on the board of the Houston and Southeast Texas Alzheimer’s Association and is now a member of a special committee of the National Alzheimer's Association looking at how to evaluate and provide effective support to individuals in the early stages of the disease. He has started over 50 chat rooms worldwide for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones and he is also the editor of a quarterly newsletter for people with early-onset, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
Originally Richard started writing essays to better understand for himself what was going on inside of him. He now writes to share his experiences with other individuals with the disease and their caregivers. His insights into himself and the disease are always honest, direct, poignant, and sometimes even witty. His essays have been published in Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly.

Richard lives in Cypress, Texas with his spouse Linda and his Bouvier des Flandres dog, Annie. His son and family live across the street from him. He spends his days playing with his two grandchildren, gardening, and writing.

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This book should be in the hands of everyone who has been diagnosed or has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Lauren
I was dazzled by the books simplicity and glad to get a preview of some of the things I need to think about for myself and my husband.
Deborah B
Very helpful to me for understanding a little better how my spouse is experiencing the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Mccandless on January 30, 2007
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Very few books can be all things to all people. This comes very close. I have read most of the others, including the very few written by the people affected by some kind of brain condition that changes them, their behavior, their perceptions of themselves, and people's and society's perceptions of them as individuals. This book, written by a highly intelligent and verbal retired psychologist, a professional, about his own progression through the early stages of dementia, probably of the Alzheimer's type (medical people have to use that phrase as only a biopsy of the brain is definitive right now), is for everyone. Those affected, their loved ones, professionals working with those affected, academicians/researchers looking for insights, psychologists, sociologists, psychoneurologists, etc. etc. It is not just about dementia. Any brain problem that changes the person is equally relevant. I know what I speak about. I am also a retired psychologist, diagnosed with Pick's Disease, a dementia of the frontotemporal form. The causes may be irrelevant to most readers (build-up of certain proteins in the brain, vascular misfunctioning, whatever). It is the existential reality that is explored here, with exquisite insight, and humor as well. I have never met this man, but I certainly know him well now. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mona Johnson on March 13, 2007
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Alzheimer's from the Inside Out is a stunning achievement. In this collection of essays, Richard Taylor gets at the essence of dementia, and how it has redefined his relationships with family, friends and even with himself.

There are no answers when it comes to Alzheimer's, but Richard asks all the right questions. Alzheimer's from the Inside Out is much more than a resource for anyone dealing with the disease. Although the book includes plenty of practical information, Richard goes beyond test scores, standard medications and neuroimaging to the more important philosophical and psychological aspects of life after diagnosis. He takes the focus off the disease, and puts it back on the person.

I wish I'd read this book when my father were alive. I would have worried less about what was wrong with him and worried more about just being with him.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hall on February 10, 2008
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I have early dementia, fitting the criteria for Alzheimer's. Like the author, I was a psychotherapist in my 50s when my difficulties became such that I couldn't work. It's incredibly powerful to read his words, and see what I would have said if I were only so gifted. Most importantly, I want doctors to read this book, as most of them relate only to dementia as it looks in the end stage, and aren't familiar with what the early disease process looks like.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Elderly Health on August 30, 2007
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This book gives a unique perspective on the feelings of the person with Alzheimer's disease. Examining how it feels to be ignored by family and doctor's as if they are not in the room as they are discussed. It is a good book for families and other caregivers to read as it can help them understand some of the behaviors that the person with Alzheimer's disease exhibit, especially fear, anger, outrage, embarrassment, etc., often they cannot explain these reactions in words and thus act out their feelings. This book helps the caregiver understand this better and helps them to see that a change in their behavior might improve their loved one's behavior.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Nelson on January 26, 2008
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if you work with, love or know anyone living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, I HIGHLY recommend Alzheimer's from the Inside Out by Richard Taylor. The book is written by a professional psychologist and teacher who was only 55 when he received his diagnosis of "dementia probably of the Alzheimer's type" and who was able to write in a remarkably articulate and insightful way about his own process--how it affected him, his family, his caregivers and his relationship to others and to the world. It is a stunning achievement by the author who writes with passion, honesty, even humor; and it contains a wealth of helpful information to support us all in relating to individuals living with dementia in more effective, caring and compassionate ways. The book also includes invaluable resource information in the form of recommended reading, website addresses, names of organizations, and agencies, and so on.

Dawn Nelson, Founder
COMPASSIONATE TOUCH for Those in Later Life Stages
author, From the Heart Through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. Kurth on May 14, 2007
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This book is a wonderful insight to the affects of Alzheimer's from a patient's perspective. It is a reminder of why we must continue to be patient, loving and understanding when dealing with anyone with the disease.

This is a book I will share and recommend to others.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Uetz on May 27, 2007
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Whether you are a care giver or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's this book will enrich your knowledge. Richard Taylor has the insight of personal experienc. He also has the gift of being able to convey that experience with passion, honesty and grit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maeve on March 3, 2009
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Yesterday I hear Mr. Taylor speak to a room of spellbound seniors in a bridge (between independent and assisted) home in Atlanta. One of these seniors is my 89 year old mother, who has been diagnosed with cardio-vascular dementia. Mr. Taylor showed me, like no book or outside expert could, what a person with dementia feels and thinks inside. As he warned the caregivers not to treat their family as children, not to snatch chores and precious belongings away, not to order them about, not to show their frustration, and so many other feelings I know I have been guilty of, I knew I had been invited into a world I needed desperately to FEEL, not just learn about, but FEEL. The room full of nodding heads and murmured agreements convinced me of the harm we who try so hard to help can do to the ones we love in our rushed quest for expediency.
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