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The Gift of Alzheimer's: New Insights into the Potential of Alzheimer's and Its Care Paperback – May 12, 2015
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"You are holding in your hand a perfectly wonderful book if you are now dealing with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease—or if you know of someone who is. If the second is true, you may want to put this book in their hands the moment you finish reading it." --Neale Donald Walsch
"Maggie La Tourelle leads us through both a human and spiritual labyrinth in the language of the heart with her mother who has Alzheimer’s. It is a treasure of guidance to help us all understand this frightening illness. Should you ever find yourself dealing with a family member with Alzheimer’s you will be deeply grateful for this book." --Donna Eden, world-renowned author and inspirational teacher of Energy Medicine
“On the face of it, Alzheimer’s seems to underline the tragedy of the human condition as it descends into fragmentation, disorientation, disintegration and death. How utterly deceiving appearances can be! This extraordinary and trailblazing book, without in the least skimming over the difficulties and tough challenges of the illness, reveals something entirely unexpected in its dimensions – the beauty, courage and invincibility of the human spirit as it consciously occupies higher dimensions whilst simultaneously dealing with its gradual withdrawal from the earthy body and mind. In this deeply moving book, Maggie La Tourelle charts her journey with her Alzheimer’s – afflicted mother, offering wonderful confirmation that, whilst decline and death are happening at the outer level, the power of love can find an enriched opportunity for expression and transformation through the unique focus of Alzheimer’s, and that nothing of the person you knew is truly lost.” --The Cygnus Review
"Maggie La Tourelle describes the gradual stripping away of personality by Alzheimer’s, leaving the essential central core, as if one could see into the self and what is beyond. She gives a moving account of this dissolution process, the 'thinning of the veil', that removes some barrier to another consciousness which is actually there in everyday normal life. A truly remarkable book which shows great insight and understanding and will be of inestimable help to anyone caring for someone with the disease." --Peter Fenwick MB BChir FRCPsych Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
"A deeply touching and compassionate book that explores one of life's greatest challenges." --Tim Freke author of The Mystery Experience
"The only way to truly understand the process or journey Maggie discovered in living with her mother with Alzheimer's is to read this book slowly and with considerable time for reflection… The beauty of the book is Maggie's and her mother's discovery that Alzheimer's disease may just be a bridge to the other world…This book is so rich in scientific as well and humanistic and holistic information from Maggie La Tourelle that it should become required reading for us all. Very Highly Recommended." --Grady Harp
‘A very important book which shares deep wisdom … essential reading for all healthcare workers.’ Dr Penny Sartori, author of The Wisdom Of Near-Death Experiences
About the Author
Maggie La Tourelle has worked in the field of holistic healthcare for 30 years as a practitioner, teacher and writer integrating psychotherapy, NLP, kinesiology and healing. She has written and contributed to a number of books and articles and has lectured at some of the UK's leading universities. Her book Principles of Kinesiology continues to be a worldwide classic. Maggie remains close to her Scottish roots and, having originally trained as an art teacher, enjoys art and design work.
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The family history and dynamics which Maggie introduces early in the book and at intervals throughout, provides insight into the turmoil her mother struggled to resolve during the final stages of Alzheimer’s. If that was insightful to read, it was more than surpassed by her mother’s extraordinary comments, communicated in a very matter of fact way, about her increasing experiences with the spirit world, family members who had passed away and the development of psychic skills. Backed by scientific research and studies, Maggie suggests that these experiences increase as the disease progresses and areas of the brain deteriorate allowing for other areas to develop and take their place. This is vividly illustrated as her mother let go of this world by healing old hurts and connecting with what lies beyond.
This book will bring comfort and hope to many whose relatives have this disease and help them view its progression in a very different and refreshing light. Maggie’s ability to communicate with her mother’s altered experience of living and her mother’s remarkably clear way of responding, created a loving, spiritual and meaningful relationship for them both.
Maggie’s journey with her mother revealed a rich world of new communication which up until now has gone unheeded. In our busy world, we seek to maintain the status quo rather than find another way. This book shows us another way and although there is still much to be explored, this window into Alzheimer’s disease has truly been a gift.
I can highly recommend this book to all spiritual seekers, students of human nature and people caring for a loved one at the end life, or those who near their own end of life. It will uplift with the certain knowledge (not mere belief!) that every end is indeed a new beginning…
Though the only way to truly understand the process or journey Maggie discovered in living with her mother with Alzheimer's is to read this book slowly and with considerable time for reflection, there are aspects that should be brought to the attention of potential readers. Maggie outlines the Seven Stages of Alzheimer's very well indeed: Stage 1: Normal, Stage 2: Normal aged forgetfulness, Stage 3: Mild cognitive impairment, Stage 4: Mild Alzheimer's disease, Stage 5: Moderate Alzheimer's disease, Stage 6: Moderately severe Alzheimer's disease, and Stage 7: Severe Alzheimer's disease - and each of these stages she details the subtle to obvious forms of degeneration of cognizance, neurological impairment, loss of muscle control, speech, and increasing rigidity. This chapter alone makes this book an important one for everyone's library.
But the beauty of the book is Maggie's and her mother's discovery that Alzheimer's disease may just be a bridge to the other world. "When her physical and mental faculties atrophied due to Alzheimer's, she started to experience intermittent altered states of consciousness in which her inner senses awakened. This open a channel to the Other World in which she had many extraordinary experiences. She frequently left her body and returned, she had contact with deceased relatives, she received instructions about the dying process and she previewed her own death and her life after death. These phenomena could so easily have been dismissed out of hand as delusional perceptions or hallucinations as experienced in mental illness. During this time she also developed the gifts of extrasensory perception: telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, mediumship and channeling, which she demonstrated quite naturally and unselfconsciously. She described seeing pictures and hearing sounds through her inner `television' - her portal to the Other World....The last few year of hr life were, without doubt, very positive and this was the direct result of her having Alzheimer's. The disease enabled her to give and receive love as she had not done before and to have wonderful Other World experiences that prepared her for a good death and for her next journey.'
This book is so rich in scientific as well and humanistic and holistic information from Maggie La Tourelle that it should become required reading for us all. Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 15