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- Publisher: eBookIt.com (January 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AZGEL40
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15 Minutes of Fame: One Photo Does Wonders to Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground Kindle Edition
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I give Tryn-Rose two thumbs up on this book. She has recognized some deeply instinctual paths toward healing and wholeness that all people everywhere would do well to re-learn - to use in their lives each and every day. Spend time telling stories and listening to stories. Use pictures to prompt you into remembering things that you would not normally bring to the front of your thinking.
While people with dementia related disease may balk at this at first, if you reach back deeper into their past - older stories and older pictures - you will strike on something that will bring a sense of completeness to their days. Tryn-Rose helps us hear this by carefully reminding us - with her keen care-giver's eye - that we should not belittle or humiliate people for their inability to remember or recall, we should learn instead to press on beyond the initial push-back and look for a new and different focus for the mind and the heart.
The advise given here in this mighty guide helps us to develop a way of relating - here and now - that relies upon and builds among what has at one time been familiar to your loved one. Whether you are a professional care-giver or a family care-giver, the work is the same. Become acquainted with how to tell stories. Become at ease in looking at pictures. When you do this, you will be building solid ground for the person to stand on; and, it will be solid ground with you.
I have not ever given a lecture on caring for the dying or mending amid grief that did not point to and focus on the value of pulling out photo albums and telling tales. First, it helps people to remember that their lives are a lot larger than they remember without those aids. They have been through a lot more than they give themselves credit for - and often this helps them to know they can get though this.
Second, they (flipping through photo albums and telling tales) are two single actions that are capable of uniting the heart and mind for people. Looking at pictures and telling stories (really the same thing - just one is for the eyes and the other is for the ears) are able to allow people to think and to feel at the same time. People tell stories and then laugh, cry, wonder, or revere. One activity can bring us into wholeness. What a GRAND and AWESOME path.
The advise in this books is pragmatic, clear, and organized. Start small and build up, but above all, get up and do what it is you know you are called to do as a fellow human being. Tell stories. Look at pictures. Do it with others, and honor the lives they have lived and continue to live. Give the 15 Minutes Of Fame.
This book is a manual. Don't lay it down. I am going to pass it around to all our staff to read at the hospice. It needs to be seen by anyone working with dying patients - heck, anybody working with anybody in a care setting. It's that vital.
Aside from being a rich resource for caregivers, "15 Minutes" is just as valuable to those of us who are not currently in that role (I believe another reviewer noted the same thing). My grandmother passed away two years ago at age 95 after a long battle with dementia, and my aunt was her sole caregiver for the last six years of her life. I wish so much that I'd had this book to share with my aunt...particularly this quote: "The wrong promise to make to your loved one is 'I will be the only one who cares for you, and I'll keep you at home.' The right promise to make is 'We will walk this path together, and I'll make sure you have what you need.' This is an expanding promise you can keep." My aunt is an incredibly loving woman, and she had the best of intentions when she promised Grandma that she would always keep her at home. But unfortunately, this promise almost killed her mentally, physically and spiritually.
All in all, this is a book for anyone who has been personally touched by dementia, or simply wants to learn how to more deeply connect with themselves and others. The idea of a mere 15 minutes a day making such a huge impact in the life of one with dementia can easily be applied to the rest of us in our daily lives. Tell a story. Share a photo. Do whatever you can to help someone (or yourself) feel loved, appreciated and at peace with who they really are.
The theme throughout the book is the need to create solid ground for the person with dementia. Ms. Seley provides very understandable explanations as to why this is necessary, concrete examples of the benefits of doing this, and creative suggestions as to how to do it. Though I am not in a caregiver role at present I still found the book to be very inspirational and encouraging for meeting life’s challenges in general.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:
o Entering a person’s space can be done with respect to their needs, energy, and wishes.
o People want to be known. When you show that you know him or her, both of you have stellar moments.
o Don’t put a life away. Polish it up and display it.
o The wrong promise to make to your loved one is “I will be the only one who cares for you, and I’ll keep you at home.” The right promise to make is “We’ll walk this path together, and I’ll make sure you have what you need.” This is an expanding promise you can keep.
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