Dementia Reimagined

Dementia Reimagined

Building A Life of Joy and Dignity From Beginning to End

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"The cultural and medical history of dementia and Alzheimer's disease by a leading psychiatrist and bioethicist who urges us to turn our focus from cure to care. Despite being a physician and a bioethicist, Tia Powell wasn't prepared to address the challenges she faced when her grandmother, and then her mother, were diagnosed with dementia— not to mention confronting the hard truth that her own odds aren't great. In the U.S., 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day; by the time a person reaches 85, their chances of having dementia approach 50 percent. And the truth is, there is no cure, and none coming soon, despite the perpetual promises by pharmaceutical companies that they are just one more expensive study away from a pill. Dr. Powell's goal is to move the conversation away from an exclusive focus on cure to a genuine appreciation of care— what we can do for those who have dementia, and how to keep life meaningful and even joyful. Reimagining Dementia is a moving combination of medicine and memoir, peeling back the untold history of dementia, from the story of Solomon Fuller, a black doctor whose research at the turn of the twentieth century anticipated important aspects of what we know about dementia today, to what has been gained and lost with the recent bonanza of funding for Alzheimer's at the expense of other forms of the disease. In demystifying dementia, Dr. Powell helps us understand it with clearer eyes, from the point of view of both physician and caregiver. Ultimately, she wants us all to know that dementia is not only about loss— it's also about the preservation of dignity and hope." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735210905
073521090X
Branch Call Number: 616.831 Po
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 28, 2019

In the face of research failures to find a simple pill to cure for dementia, Dr. Powell gives us a passionate argument for shifting the focus more to *care*. She takes us on a tour of the different ways society has tried to deal with dementia in history – ignorance, mental institutions, big-budget care facilities, as well as the different ways that politics, and entrenched academic careers, and media images, have shaped the efforts to deal with ever-growing numbers of dementia cases. Her conclusions: take a holistic look at the many different ways dementia can manifest in an individual, and plan for the best care and quality of life possible, dementia or not. Anyone who fears their own cognitive decline, or cares for someone at risk for dementia, should take a good, comforting, forthright read.

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