- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762779071
- ISBN-13: 978-0762779079
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Through powerful images and empowering messages, Love, Loss, and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer's Differently offers a glimpse of the disease through an important new lens. This groundbreaking book provides honor, respect and dignity to people living with dementia and delivers comfort, support and understanding to their caregivers. Equal parts inspiring and informative, this book will go a long way in enhancing the quality of care, and the quality of life, of everyone touched by this disease."
—Maria Shriver, j
ournalist, activist, and best-selling author of six books, including What's Happening to Grandpa?
“This remarkable collection of photographs and commentaries creates an eye-opening perspective on persons with Alzheimer’s Disease—still human, still loved, and still capable of joy. It will inspire anyone—professional or lay person—who has been touched by Alzheimer’s.”
—Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
“The secret of this book is the secret of what really moves people to action. First, faces that express the full range of our humanity, vivid images that span the planet and test our emotional range. And second, stories of care that provide the backdrop for solid information on how to approach persons with dementia and their carers with respect and dignity.”
— Michael Splaine, Former Director of Policy and Advocacy Programs in the Public Policy Division of the Alzheimer’s Association
“As someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, I can identify with the joy that people still feel in living and being involved, despite their cognitive decline due to the condition. This exceptional collection of photographs captures this beautifully. You can almost touch the joy, love, and laughter that emanates from the people involved; it is so tangible, you are lovingly invited into each picture to share the moment”.
—Lynda A. Hogg, Board member of ADI and author of the report “Dementia: Impact on Relationships”
“Seeing is believing. These vibrant in-the-moment images and brilliantly brief program and practice pearls will change teaching and conversations about “caring” among aging services and healthcare professionals. Love, Loss. and Laughter will alter expectations, relationships, perspectives, talking and behavior. Everyone affected by dementia stands to gain. Buy this book.”
—Lisa P. Gwyther, Co-author, The Alzheimer’s Action Plan: A Family Guide, and Director of Duke Center for Aging Family Support Program
“People with illnesses are more than their disease. This fact needs to be borne in mind especially with Alzheimer’s, a (so far) irreversible brain disease whose most obvious effects are the steady deterioration of cognition and accompanying changes in the patient’s interpersonal world . This inspiring book with its extraordinary photographs and text goes a long way towards reminding us of the basic humanity of those afflicted and of how we can meet the challenges Alzheimer’s poses.”
— Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D., Dean of Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
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While there is great sadness in losing one’s cognitive abilities, family members and caregivers can share a wealth of love and moments of joy and laughter with people living with dementia. With the help of this book, our view of Alzheimer’s can shift from “the long goodbye” to “the long hello.”
More than one hundred touching photographs—taken in homes, memory clinics, day programs, and residential centers around the world—are interwoven with insightful commentaries from contributors whose personal experiences and statements about good practices reinforce the author’s message: people with dementia retain vital capacities.
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I wish I had had this book back then. I might have appreciated the good moments (and there were plenty) instead of wallowing in the moments of despair. Now as I watch some of my friends succumb to dementia I am going to keep this book close at hand. Love, Loss and Laughter has made me realize that my mother actually did retain much of her dignity. I regret that I was too focused on the wonderful qualities that she had lost instead of the wonderful ones that remained. Thanks to this book, I think I really can see things differently as I face the effects of the disease again, this time with some dear friends. I don't want to miss a moment.
We can all benefit from taking a break from whatever we're doing and thinking about deep human issues. Dare I say, though, this book makes it easy because the principal method of getting us to think are lovely, engaging photos that are so easy to look at and which convey so naturally the human emotions people share across cultures. Just seeing similar expressions of caring, curiosity, and engagement from people from India, Japan, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. makes one forget petty thoughts and convene with one's humanity. And did I mention the book is about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders?
I just loved this book - and not just the photographs, but the writing, too. Same kind of thing - easy to engage with, informative, connecting.
One spread I loved concerned a luncheon at a Texas Alzheimer's community. Women were taken to a flea market to purchase hats and then wore them to the luncheon at a special table set in the dining room. They all look great in their hats and each one clearly has been chosen by that person - fuschia with a mesh veil, black, and pale pink with flowers on the brim. Alongside the portraits of three women in their hats, there is an additional photo of one of the women sharing her hat with her granddaughter, most likely. The older woman is completely engaged and has such a lovely expression.
This takes me back to the book's introduction, which gave me insight into the forefront of Alzheimer's care, which is the evolution from a biomedical to a social model of care. Greenblat writes:
Person-centered care can diminish depression, apathy, agitation, frustration, anger, and guilt for those who suffer and for their caregivers....Providing occasions for humor, laughter, and celebrations of life are also keys to improved quality of life for all.
The photos really convey this and provide a window into an important direction for Alzheimer's care - and for our own everyday living.
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