Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

Synopsis

"Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Dancing with Dementia is a vivid account of her experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory problems, loss of independence, difficulties in communication and the exhaustion of coping with simple tasks. She describes how, with the support of her husband Paul, she continues to lead an active life nevertheless, and explains how professionals and carers can help. This book is a thoughtful exploration of how dementia challenges our ideas of personal identity and of the process of self-discovery it can bring about." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

My eldest daughter, Ianthe, and I were sitting in the quiet, window-less waiting room in Sydney, for me to be seen by the neurologist for my yearly check up, to see how I was going with my Alzheimer’s Disease, how the medications were affecting me, and whether there were any functional or mood changes that I had noticed in myself.

It was cool inside and there was very little noise, apart from the clack, clack, clack of the receptionists’ keypads, and the rustling of magazine pages being idly turned. It was May 1998, and outside Sydney bustled busily in the sunshine of a warm autumn day.

I tried to focus on the article in the nature magazine before me, but inside I was bubbling over with excitement. I wanted to rush in and shout ‘I’m better!’ – but Ianthe, bless her soul, had been able to restrain me and suggest that perhaps if I did this the neurologist would definitely think I had ‘lost it’ and was declining further into my dementia.

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