Dignity and Grace: Wisdom For Caregivers and Those Living With Dementia
Discovering how to live with dementia"I'm a stranger in a strange land," sighed the dignified gentleman Janet L. Ramsey met walking down the care-center hallway. Those words, her first glimpse of the confusion that comes with dementia, led her into...
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Discovering how to live with dementia"I'm a stranger in a strange land," sighed the dignified gentleman Janet L. Ramsey met walking down the care-center hallway. Those words, her first glimpse of the confusion that comes with dementia, led her into a lifetime of work with older adults.If you have been diagnosed with dementia or you are accompanying someone with this illness, you may find yourself on a journey that began with a sudden diagnosis and an acute sense of panic. Or perhaps your journey started gradually, as you noticed changes in yourself or in your partner or parent. Whether sudden or gradual, the impact of a diagnosis of dementia reorganizes a family's entire life.Drawing on her own experience as a pastor, teacher, therapist, and family caregiver, as well as on interviews with eight family and professional caregivers, Janet L. Ramsey helps caregivers and those with impaired memories learn as they listen to each other. She also shows them how the Holy Spirit can awaken their imagination and understanding while they discover how to live with dementia.
- Acknowledgementspart One: Dignityintroduction: This Is Not What I Thought Would Happen Next: The Dementia Diagnosischapter One: What I Want Most Is Respect: Dignity And Life With Dementiareflection On Psalm 23chapter Two: I Learned To Join In The Journey: Dignity As Accompanimentreflection On Psalm 38chapter Three: I Know These People Mean Well: Dignity And Congregationsreflection On Psalm 8part Two: Graceintroduction: I Try To Give Him Choices: Grace In Everyday Lifechapter Four: Whatas Love Got To Do With It? Grace And Lovereflection On Psalm 107chapter Five: If Only : Grace And Forgivenessreflection On Psalm 51chapter Six: Reality Is A Cloud Of Possibilities: Grace And Creativityreflection On Psalm 34afterword: Tough Hoperesourcesappendix: A Stress Management Exercisenotesglossary