Dementia

 

Books

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Dancing with Rose:Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s, Lauren Kessler 2007 The nonfiction look at Alzheimer’s disease through the eyes of a journalist who enlisted as a caregiver in a nursing facility in order to better understand the illness which took her mother’s life and afflicts millions of people.

 

 

 

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Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease, Joanne Coste 2003   Coste is a nationally recognized and an advocate for patient and family care. From her own experience and trial and error Coste offers a practical and loving approach to the emotional  well being of both patients and caregivers. Her method which she calls the “habilitation” model works to improve communication and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia.

 

 

 

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Loosing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s, Thomas DeBaggio 2002  a first-person account of early onset Alzheimer’s. He records his thoughts as the Alzheimer’s progresses.

 

 

 

 

Documentary

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s. Stories of Love,Courage and Hope 2003  90 minutes weaves together the real world experiences of patients and caregivers with the history and biology of Alzheimer’s and the ongoing struggle to end the disease.

 

Movies

AMOUR –  Drama 2012 Winner Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film. “Insightful, original,exquisite”. The story of a couple who have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage and the unraveling of their life due to severe memory loss. (English subtitles)

AWAY FROM HER – Drama 2007 “Sometimes you have to let go of what you can’t live without”  Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsett  as a couple who have been married almost 50 years dealing with encroaching dementia. As beautiful as ever, Julie Christie’s character makes the difficult choice of a nursing home.

IRIS 2001 Based on the life of  the celebrated English author Iris Murdoch, and her husband  John Bayleyin their youth and in old age when Iris’s Alzheimer’s became central to their lives. Judi Dench and Kate Winslett as the older and younger Iris.