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Dancing with Dementia

Dancing with Dementia

My Story of Living Positively with Dementia

Christine Bryden

Paperback: £13.99 / $21.95

2005, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 200pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-332-5, BIC 2: JKSG MQCL4 VFJG

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Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Since then she has gone on to challenge almost every stereotype of people with dementia by campaigning for self-advocacy, writing articles and speaking at national conferences.

This book is a vivid account of the author's 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.

Christine Bryden makes an outspoken attempt to change prevailing attitudes and misconceptions about the disease. Arguing for greater empowerment and respect for people with dementia as individuals, she also reflects on the importance of spirituality in her life and how it has helped her better understand who she is and who she is becoming.

Dancing with Dementia is a thoughtful exploration of how dementia challenges our ideas of personal identity and of the process of self-discovery it can bring about.

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Our latest catalogue of books on Dementia and Elder Care is now available. With full information on our new and bestselling dementia titles, our dementia catalogue is a tremendous resource not only for those working with people affected by dementia, but also for family members, friends and carers. Including practical books for professionals, manuals on...

Request your copy of our latest brochure of new and bestselling books on Dementia and Elder Care

Our latest catalogue of books on Dementia and Elder Care is now available. With full information on our new and bestselling dementia titles, our dementia catalogue is a tremendous resource not only for those working with people affected by dementia, but also for family members, friends and carers. Including practical books for professionals, manuals on...

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VIDEO: An insider’s perspective on what you can do to help a person with dementia – with JKP author Christine Bryden

9 March 2012

"I think it's really important to stay in communication with us, as human being to human being – because we are still human beings with a spirit. And it's spirit to spirit that we can really stay in touch."

Living with Dementia: A journey to the inner self – An Interview with Christine Bryden

15 February 2012

"When I first started, there was no support for people with dementia, as it was assumed we lacked insight. Indeed the words of an Annual Report in 2000 of an Alzheimer’s Association spoke of us as being "mindless empty shells". At first when I spoke up, people did not believe I had dementia because I could still speak. They said that even if I was showing the early signs, I was not a credible representative of people with dementia because of my level of function. Yet since then I have met so many others who have this diagnosis who are speaking out... We are receiving so much support and encouragement, and we are being listened to and respected. By treating us as experts in what it feels like to have a diagnosis of dementia, services and support are being much improved."

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