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Living with Alzheimer's: A Love Story

Living with Alzheimer's: A Love Story
How would you react to an Alzheimers diagnosis? With fear? Incomprehension? Anger? Robin Thomson and his wife, Shoko, experienced all these emotions when she was diagnosed with the disease, but this tender and honest account shows how they were able to grow and deepen their relationship through persistent love and creative friendship even as the Alzheimers quickly progressed.
Our Price: £8.99
ISBN/EAN: 9781912726196
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Publisher: Instant Apostle
Author: Robin Thomson
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How would you react to an Alzheimers diagnosis? With fear? Incomprehension? Anger? Robin Thomson and his wife, Shoko, experienced all these emotions when she was diagnosed with the disease, but this tender and honest account shows how they were able to grow and deepen their relationship through persistent love and creative friendship even as the Alzheimers quickly progressed. It is estimated that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, along with 700,000 families involved in their care. The number of carers is projected to increase by 60 per cent by 2030 and they provide an estimated 11.6bn worth of unpaid care (which may be more than 40% of the total cost of dementia care) Living with Alzheimers examines the bigger picture surrounding the disease, such as the deep holes in the health and social care system and how to navigate them, but it is also a personal story showing the realities and true cost of the disease. When Robins wife, Shoko, was diagnosed with Alzheimers, she and Robin had no clue about what lay ahead. A few years later, when the disease took over their lives, they learned the hard way. They went through discouragement and relentless pressure as Shokos personality changed and she lost her capacity in many areas of life but not her constant affection and love. They also experienced love and practical help from family and friends, and the carers who visited them, backed up by health and social care professionals. Set against a backdrop of hope, it is written primarily for caregivers, families and friends who share the same pain and pressure. It asks what you can do to help the person you are caring for and sustain yourself. What resources are available? How do you find your way in the confusing range of services that may (or may not) be offered in your area? Robin says: Attitudes are changing. But fear and incomprehension are still the most common responses to Alzheimers. It truly is a fearsome and mysterious disease. But the key message of the book is this we can and must go on relating to those living with dementia, with love and creative friendship. This was also a spiritual journey. My faith was deeply challenged. But I experienced new levels of love and support as part of a community of love and friendship, and I came to understand more about how the self retains its real identity and meaning, grounded in the love of family, the wider community and the love of God.
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