The Memory Clinic: Stories Of Hope And Healing For Alzheimer's Pts And Their Famils Hardcover – Jan 8 2013
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“Chow gives much useful advice, sprinkled throughout the book, to caregivers on how to provide compassionate care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s without becoming debilitated in the process.” - Literary Review of Canada
“In the end, what I thought would be a depressing and distressing journey through a much-feared disease turned out to be a life-affirming experience.” - Literary Review of Canada
“In turn a personal memoir, a collection of stories, a guide to prevention, an update on the latest research, and inspiration to weary caregivers.” - Winnipeg Free Press
About the Author
Dr. Tiffany Chow, md is senior clinician-scientist at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute and staff behavioural neurologist at The Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic. She also holds a dual appointment as assistant professor of neurology and geriatric psychiatry with the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.
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The first thing that struck me about this book is that it's easy to read. Dr. Chow uses anecdotes, and, in particular, illustrations and metaphors throughout her book, especially when explaining the treatments and latest research. Written in the first-person point of view, reading it felt as if Dr. Chow was sitting in front of me telling me about her experiences with Alzheimer's, her research, her family history and her own personal goals to prevent getting Alzheimer's. Part memoir, part discussion on dementia, Dr. Chow comes across as a compassionate doctor who understands what it's like to have a family member suffer from Alzheimer's since her own beloved grandmother died from this illness. True to its title, Dr. Chow fills this book with stories that are hopeful and inspirational even as they are heartbreaking, especially when she relates stories of her early onset clients.
The whole tone of the book is hopeful, compassionate and encouraging. “It takes a certain amount of grace and creativity to find the poetry within the broken narrative that is dementia,” says Dr. Chow. (p. 110 of review copy) What beautiful words! In my field I know this to be true. One has to look beyond the illness and find new ways of interacting so as not to lose the joy when dementia strikes and changes our loved one.Read more ›
Dr. Chow strings her pearls of wisdom not only for those concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, but also readers searching for information on other types of dementia, about which much less has been written, especially in the popular press. Those interested in Frontotemporal, Lewy body, and Vascular dementias will find plenty of particulars here. The author places special emphasis on the issues faced by those dealing with early-onset dementia (which begins before age 65). She provides a wealth of other helpful information regarding all aspects of dementia, including resources for young people (children and teens) who have family members diagnosed with this disease.
Dr. Chow writes with an appealing voice resonating with empathy and authenticity. She opens her heart and spills her brain to offer hope and knowledge. Drawing on specific examples, both in and out of the clinic, she extrapolates from her experience to illuminate general principles of caregiving. Espousing balance and compassion in all things, Dr. Chow reminds us that it is not only OK to ask for help, but actually healthier to do so.
This author-physician proves to be an excellent teacher: Anyone wanting to learn about dementia will learn from her.Read more ›