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Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia Paperback – May 18 2009
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The further I read the more impressed I became with Ann Basting's book. Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging 2009 An outstanding survey for both health and general collections. Midwest Book Review 2009 Challenges conceptions of what is possible with memory loss... of special importance in Basting's book are the several chapters dedicated to programs that awaken imagination and explor what is possible for people with dementia. -- Kate de Medeiros, PhD Gerontologist 2010 Although Forget Memory may at first sight appear to be just another handbook for dementia carers, it defies the usual expectations of this recent literary category. By effectively showing how people with dementia can be stakeholders of their own well-being, Basting both raises the hope of restoring the dignity of this population, and provides caretakers with invaluable guidance of how to creatively improve their efforts... an innovative guidebook for dementia care, and for the understanding of dementia and people with dementia... In some sense Forget Memory is a manifesto for a revolution. -- Bjorn Moller Dementia 2010 This book challenges the dreaded stigma attached to dementia by advocating news ways of thinking, and illustrates this with successful projects across the U.S.A. -- Cathy Goodwin International Psychogeriatrics 2010 I believe this book is incredibly powerful and valuable... The suggested future movements are very important and realistic, which I believe are imperative to the advancement of care for anyone involved in, or influenced by dementia. -- Amy Jenkins Journal of Dementia and Mental Health 2010
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Anne Davis Basting is the director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she is also an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the Peck School of the Arts. Her published works include The Stages of Age and The Arts and Dementia Care: A Resource Guide.
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Alzheimer's is a horrible disease and the only one of the "top ten" for which there is no cure, treatment or way to prevent. Basting's suggestion that we try to take the fear out of a diagnosis and direct more energy toward creating positive social and creative experiences for PWD is very helpful. Especially if Alzheimer's becomes the epidemic it is projected to be (unless there is a cure) then all of us who work with PWD should be thinking of ways to make the post-diagnosis years (an average of eight) as pleasurable, meaningful and fear-free as we can. This book points the way to new possibilities.
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