Memory loss can create problems in every aspect of a person's life. The challenge of communicating thoughts and feelings can be made even harder by other people's negative perceptions of dementia.
This book provides practical guidance for coping with progressive memory loss, and includes examples of real people who have faced similar challenges. These stories highlight both good and bad ways to deal with the problems that arise, and are also useful for describing the experiences of memory loss to friends and family. The authors suggest ways of maintaining physical and mental health by staying active and engaged in society. They also offer techniques for improving communication, preserving self-esteem and overcoming the stigma associated with memory loss.
A Personal Guide to Living with Progressive Memory Loss offers inspiration and advice for anyone in the early stages of dementia. It also provides useful insight for family and friends who wish to offer support for a loved one affected by progressive memory loss.
Sandy Burgener, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at University of Illinois College of Nursing and a certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with a clinical and research focus on increasing quality of life for persons with progressive memory loss or dementia. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America Prudence Twigg, Ph.D., is a Visiting Lecturer at Indiana University School of Nursing.
Introduction. 1. What Progressive Memory Loss Means to You: Claiming the Diagnosis. 2. Maintaining Personhood. 3. Maintaining Important Roles in Your Life. 4. Understanding the Stigma of Progressive Memory Loss: Managing Your Responses to the Behaviors of Others. 5. Communicating with Others. 6. Staying Active and Functional. 7. Staying Physically Healthy: Managing Physical Illnesses, Medications, and Self-Care Needs. 8. Staying Mentally Healthy: Managing Memory Loss and Impaired Thinking. 9. Finding Hope. References. Bibliography. Index.