There is hope in Alzheimer's disease, but it isn't where most people look for it... Any form of dementia is terrifying and lonely for both the one suffering it and for those close to them. How do our relationships...
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There is hope in Alzheimer's disease, but it isn't where most people look for it...
Any form of dementia is terrifying and lonely for both the one suffering it and for those close to them. How do our relationships with those we love change with loss of memory or clarity of thought? What happens to our relationship with God?
For those suffering from early-stage Alzheimer's, for their friends and family, community and church, this book will help you understand the disease itself, how to love and care for those affected by it, and how to see the hope that's greater than it: we may forget, but God always remembers.
With pastoral tenderness and gospel confidence, Dr. Benjamin Mast shares his expertise on the subject and displays the power of the gospel that remains intact even when memory fades. Second Forgetting provides:
Up-to-date answers to common questions about the disease and its effect on personal identity and faith. Personal stories of those affected and the loved ones who care for them and what their experiences were like-where they found hope and how they most needed support. Practical suggestions for how the church can come alongside families and those struggling or hurting.
When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they face great uncertainty, knowing that they can expect to live their remaining years with increasing confusion and progressively greater reliance upon other people to care for them. Dr. Mast will help you see how Alzheimer's disease cannot have the final say on God's unforgotten children.
- <p><strong>there <em>is</em> Hope In Alzheimer's Disease, But It Isn't Where Most People Look For It...</strong></p> <p>any Form Of Dementia Is Terrifying And Lonely For Both The One Suffering It And For Those Close To Them. How Do Our Relationships With Those We Love Change With Loss Of Memory Or Clarity Of Thought? What Happens To Our Relationship With God?</p> <p>for Those Suffering From Early-stage Alzheimer's, For Their Friends And Family, Community And Church, This Book Will Help You Understand The Disease Itself, How To Love And Care For Those Affected By It, And How To See The Hope That's Greater Than It: <em>we May Forget, But God Always Remembers.</em></p> <p>with Pastoral Tenderness And Gospel Confidence, Dr. Benjamin Mast Shares His Expertise On The Subject And Displays The Power Of The Gospel That Remains Intact Even When Memory Fades. <em>second Forgetting</em> Provides:</p> <ul> <li>up-to-date Answers To Common Questions About The Disease And Its Effect On Personal Identity And Faith.</li> <li>personal Stories Of Those Affected And The Loved Ones Who Care For Them And What Their Experiences Were Like-where They Found Hope And How They Most Needed Support.</li> <li>practical Suggestions For How The Church Can Come Alongside Families And Those Struggling Or Hurting.</li> </ul> <p>when A Person Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's, They Face Great Uncertainty, Knowing That They Can Expect To Live Their Remaining Years With Increasing Confusion And Progressively Greater Reliance Upon Other People To Care For Them. Dr. Mast Will Help You See How Alzheimer's Disease Cannot Have The Final Say On God's Unforgotten Children.</p>
- This Introductory Chapter Will Set The Stage For The Importance Of Remembering In Everyday Life With Particular Attention Given To God's Call To Remember Him, What He Has Done And What He Has Prom-ised. The Concept Of The Second Forgetting Will Be Introduced And Linked To The Way We Think About The Spiritual Care Of People With Alzheimer's Disease.
- Chapter 2 -- What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
- This Chapter Provides An Up To Date Description Of Alzheimer's Disease, Including Its Effects And Treatment. Case Examples Will Be Incorporated To Demonstrate The Various Ways That Alzheimer's Can Manifest Itself In Daily Life. The Intention Here Is To Educate Readers On The Basics Of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Chapter 3 - Forgetting
- The Nature Of Memory Problems In Alzheimer's Disease Will Be Described In Detail With Attention Both To Problematic Areas Of Remembering And Aspects Of Memory That Are Generally Preserved. This Lays The Foundation For Later Chapters Which Emphasize How To Help People With Alzheimer's Respond To God's Call To Remember.
- Chapter 4 -- The Gospel For Those With Alzheimers
- The Gospel Transforms All Of Life, Including The Way We Think About And Care For People With Alz-heimer's Disease. Drawing On Biblical Themes Of Creation, Fall, Redemption And Restoration, This Chapter Retells The Story Of Alzheimer's Disease In The Context Of God's Story. Understanding The Person And Their Struggle With Alzheimer's Disease In This Context Promotes A Loving And Honoring Approach To A Vulnerable, Confusing And Frightening Stage Of Life.
- Chapter 5 -- The Gospel For Caregivers
- Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease Brings Unique Challenges That Impact Whole Families. Caregivers Often Live With Feelings Of Burden, Guilt And Anger, And Struggle With Painful Questions About God's Presence And Plan In Their Lives. The Gospel Speaks To Their Situation With A Way To Understand Their Suffering, Grace For Their Limitations, And A Renewed Hope For Restoration. Drawing On Scripture And The Personal Stories Of Caregivers, This Chapter Highlights The Challenges Of Caregiving And The Way The Gospel Transforms This Part Of Their Story.
- Chapter 6 -- A Unique Ministry Of Mercy
- Most Churches Have Some Form Of Mercy And Care Ministry. This Chapter Will Describe How Churches Can Focus Their Mercy And Care Efforts On People With Alzheimer's Disease And Their Caregivers. At-tention Will Be Given To The Unique Challenges Of Caring For These Individuals And How These Chal-lenges Can Be Addressed By The Church.
- Chapter 7 -- Recalling Stories Of Faith
- Remembering Our Stories Of Faith And Their Connection To God's Larger Story Are Critical For Under-standing The Struggles And Confusions Of Daily Life. This Chapter Describes How The Rehearsal And Retelling Of Our Stories Can Be Connected To What Scripture Explains About Who God Is, What He Has Done And What He Has Promised. Practical Methods For Helping People With Alzheimer's Disease Re-connect With And Rehearse Their Faith Journey (including Key Relationships And Faith Milestones) Can Be Used To Promote A Form Of Remembering That Brings Peace, Comfort, And Reassurance. These Include Practical Life Review And Reminiscence Techniques Which Will Be Provided Along With Specific Questions And Worksheets That Ministry Leaders And Families Can Use.
- Chapter 8 -- Helping Others Remember
- In Addition To Rehearsing Our Stories, There Are Many Other Methods That Can Be Employed By Care-givers And The Church More Broadly To Promote Remembering The Lord And His Goodness. This Chapter Will Describe How The Essentials Of The Gospel Can Be Rehearsed And Remembered In A Meaningful Fashion Through The Combined Use Of The Sacraments (e.g., Communion), Well-known Scripture Passages, Music And Liturgy. Emphasis Will Be Placed On Methods That Are Familiar, Easy To Incorporate, And Which Maximize Understanding. This Chapter Will Also Highlight The Ways That Ministry Leaders Might Modify Their Typical Approach To Help Compensate For The Changes Of Alz-heimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease Does Not Change The Gospel Or The Extent To Which It Offers Hope And Assurance, But The Methods By Which It Is Presented And Rehearsed Should Be Reconsid-ered For Use In Ministering To People With Alzheimer's Disease.
- Chapter 9- Remembering Together
- We Were Not Created To Live Alone, Nor Are We Expected To Endure Difficult Times On Our Own. God Has Created Us To Live In Community With Other Believers, And The Challenges Of Alzheimer's Disease Demonstrate This In Very Practical Ways. The Person With Alzheimer's Disease Often Cannot Live Alone Without The Loving Care Of Another. Caregivers Also Need Other People To Help With The Practical Care And Provide Encouragement And Support. Living Without Faithful Brothers And Sisters Makes Us All More Prone To Forget The Lord And His Promises.
- Appendix -- Answers To 20 Common Questions About Alzheimer's Disease. These Questions Will Be Gathered Through Interviews With Caregivers And People With Alzheimer's Disease.