But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia

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'But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia' is a moving and highly topical memoir dealing with a subject never far from the news, the increase in dementia in families. It tells the story of one family hit by a double dose of dementia, as Dad, Fred, develops vascular dementia at the same time as Mum, Mary, is struck by Alzheimer's. Fred and Mary are a quirky long-married couple with a relationship that's unique, as all marriages are. The focus of the story is on what happens to their couple, their long love story, as both gradually lose their minds. And on what happens to their relationship with their daughter, Chris, the narrator, who falls into an 'amateur carer' role, groping her way uncertainly around 'the system', learning at first hand how dementia changes everything in ordinary and extraordinary ways. The memoir is in two parts: in Part One Chris tells the dramatic family story, with both warmth and humour. The writing is direct and honest, exploring the medical side of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia yet keeping the focus firmly on relationships and emotions. One highly original chapter includes 'Ten scenes of joy and sadness', written as mini-dramas to illustrate the way dementia sufferers still have a rich emotional life, a facet frequently ignored in the focus on dementia as loss of mind. Part Two is more reflective, a chance to stand back and ask questions such as why did we not see all this coming? It also provides an opportunity to examine what we can learn from dementia, the losses and (a very few) gains that dementia brings. A final Resources section lists organisations offering help and support.

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'A wonderful book, beautifully written and a brilliant insight into so many facets of human life and how to cope with things. I have learnt so much about dementia.' Sian Livsey 'Written with great compassion and insight' Monique Turpin 'Chris describes herself as an 'amateur carer', yet in her book she covers every aspect of all that dementia can throw up. After she's told her story she outlines 'Ten life lessons from living with dementia', an exemplary text and guide and essential reading for all the professions involved. I highly recommend this book.' Sue Heiser, Journal of Dementia Care. 'The account is deeply insightful and always honest, sometimes criticising the insensitivity of doctors and others but also giving praise where it is due. The book will be helpful to anyone caring for a relative with dementia and also to all clinical and care staff who comes into contact with people with dementia, especially those in hospital and general practice.' John Wattis, Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

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As well as being a carer, Chris Carling has had a varied career as a university lecturer, scriptwriter of award-winning training films, communications consultant, trainer, feature writer and most recently personal, business and career coach. Co-author of two books on communication ('Understanding Language' and The Limitations of Language', both Macmillan) she has also produced feature articles for national newspapers and magazines, ebooks on Overcoming Anxiety and Work Life Balance (Pansophix) and a long-running personal growth newsletter, Present Perfect, archived on her website. She lives and works in Cambridge.

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Book Description Golden Books, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.When dementia hits a family they embark on an emotional journey. Destination unknown. BUT THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED: A Story of Everyday Dementia takes us on that emotional journey. Mum, Dad and two very grown up kids. An ordinary family hit hard by dementia. Mum and Dad both fall victim. Different kinds of dementia. Alzheimer s and vascular dementia. Different effects. Daughter, Chris, tells the story, falling into the role of the responsible adult in the family, everyone muddling along in a state of denial until one day something happens : a series of crises that lay bare the reality that both parents are losing their minds. How Mum and Dad become Mary and Fred, a couple nearing the end of a long love story. How feelings survive even as minds fail. How Chris takes on the role of go-between to help Mary and Fred sustain their marriage. How a love story can continue even in the Dementia Unit of a residential home. Even to the day Mary and Fred celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary. Warm, intimate, honest and intensely human: depicting dementia not as a tragedy but as a phase of life lived by both sufferers and carers. Laughter as well as tears as the disease plays out day-to-day. One highly original chapter includes Ten scenes of joy and sadness written as mini-dramas to illustrate how emotions can remain intact as dementia takes its course. The memoir is in two parts. In part One Chris tells the dramatic family story while Part Two is more reflective, a chance to stand back and ask questions such as why did we not see all this coming? The final chapter Learning from dementia: losses and (a few) gains gives a lay person s experience of dementia in rich detail. Readers comments include: Highly moving ; Written with great compassion and insight ; I could completely identify. It helped me a lot . Seller Inventory # AAV9780957307902

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