Item description for Could It Be Dementia?: Losing Your Mind Doesn't Mean Losing Your Soul by Louise Morse & Roger Hitchings...
Overview Dementia is in the headlines on a daily basis, and plenty of information is readily available, but none of it deals with the spiritual implications, a gap this book ably fills. This tender book explains what dementia is and offers practical advice to families, caretakers, and churches.
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Studio: Monarch Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Monarch Books
ISBN 0825461707 ISBN13 9780825461705
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More About Louise Morse & Roger Hitchings
Louise Morse is a journalist with a diploma in international marketing, and a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is currently Media and Communications Manager for Pilgrim Homes.
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I am not what I used to be, But I'm still in here. Aug 31, 2009
Reviewed by Patricia Berliner for RebeccasReads (08/09)
In our modern, high tech society, dementia is a reminder of our human limitations and of the power found in loving care of one another. For over 200 years, Pilgrim Homes, founded in England, have cared for the elderly in sheltered housing, residences and nursing homes, offering loving care, prayer support and a Christian-based environment.
Now, many in their community suffer from dementia, a disease in which the person seems to disappear while the physical shell remains. Dementia is a slow, painfully slow, descent into cognitive decline, forgetfulness, confusion and, for many, fear. Those who suffer from dementia forget so much, often even the identities of their loved ones; their loved ones suffer the loss of a person who, although still alive physically, seems lost to life. But, as the authors remind us, within the darkness lies a treasure. Hidden treasures have to be sought after, discovered, recognized as valuable and claimed.
When we think about dementia, our first identification is usually Alzheimer's, which accounts for more than half of the dementia cases that are identified, but there many forms of dementia, including vascular disease, alcohol related dementia, AIDS related dementia, and frontal temporal lobe dementia. Slowly, medical science is learning more about how dementia starts, what it looks like and how to treat. For caretakers, though, most important is the question of how to continue to show our love to the ones who now seem lost to us. How do we care for both them and ourselves in the "dark night" of dementia? Can we see and value the gift hidden within the pain and chaos?
Morse and Hutchings present the human face of dementia and the human struggle of patients, caretakers, loved ones and the medical system. From their perspective as Christian believers, they call upon the power of prayer, but also, and of major importance, the power of presence. Houses of worship and those who worship within them, and from them go forth to carry the message, are invited to go forth and embrace their lost and lonely, frightened and powerless neighbors...brothers and sisters. They are challenged to look beyond the illness and to see the person within. From embracing the struggles of others, our growth in compassion can be enhanced.
Our house of worship and those who are nourished by them, can be oasis of love, acceptance and hope, untapped resources that should be tapped. The love and commitment manifested by the Pilgrim House community and other faith-based, person-centered groups like this is inspiring. Daily, myriads of families around the world struggle to understand the disease spectrum of dementia and to love and care for those who suffer.
Both caretakers and their loved ones face mountains. Ms. Morse and Mr. Hitchings remind us of the power of community. Pilgrim House reminds us of that the strength of the community strengthens the pilgrims and that, even in the darkness, there is the promise of light.
A journey into mens' souls in the midst of dementia Apr 13, 2009
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (4/09)
"Could It Be Dementia?" is the collaborative effort of Louise Morse and Roger Hitchings. The book begins by establishing what dementia is and what it is not. The authors talk about the care and resources available, how to prepare if you are diagnosed with dementia yourself, the role of providing care, and ways you can offer encouragement to others. The book is written within the context of eternity with a Christian perspective.
Morse and Hitchings have thoroughly researched the material. The results are presented with clarity and follow a logical pattern of development. The authors discuss such helpful topics as conditions that can cause symptoms that look like dementia which include, among others: undetected cardiovascular disease, anemia, under-active thyroid, chronic alcoholism, depression, and other brain conditions. Comprehensive research leans toward a genetic predisposition as a primary cause for the disease.
Another important aspect covered is in the area of preventative measures. Among others, these include: Take sensible steps in light of family history, make sure your blood pressure is at a good level, get regular exercise, have your eyesight and hearing checked regularly, socialize, stay connected, and talk to others often, get depression treated, build your brain capacity; change your routines, and draw close to God.
I found the chapter "Diagnosing Dementia" extremely informative and helpful. The authors bring to light studies that have assembled warning signs to watch for. They discuss the diagnosis itself and various tests that are helpful in screening as they determine geriatric and cognitive concerns.
A concern was expressed regarding the deep-rooted cultural attitudes prevalent toward aging and the physical impact of loneliness as a precursor to the disease. Important suggestions listed things churches can do in ministering to meet the needs of their congregants afflicted with dementia.
The importance of "person centered" care, identity, and relationships were all emphasized. Another section alerted the reader of the dangers of "Caregiver Syndrome." Valuable tips are included for helping young children cope when a grandparent is weakened by dementia.
The heartwarming stories and antidotes of individuals facing the results of dementia are presented in a humorous way that brings a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. These stories offer hope as we find delight in Christ, and anticipate with expectancy the promise of life hereafter, where body, soul, and mind, are pure, healthy and strong.
"Could It Be Dementia?" is rich in encouragement and a wealth of well-organized information. It is a book that should be read and kept available for reference in the home of every family impacted by the dread disease of dementia.
This is the most helpful book I have read on concerns for the aging and dementia as a disease. I highly recommend this book to caregivers, counselors, pastors, and church leaders. "Could It Be Dementia?" by Louise Morse and Roger Hitchings is a valuable resource.