This book is very well done. The audience is people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and their caregivers. They will benefit by reading Christine's experience. People with dementia will feel that they are not alone with their problems and caregivers will be able to see how a person with dementia feels. --Alzheimer Society of British Columbia
Dancing with Dementia is a powerful account of Christine Bryden's personal journey in living with dementia, in which she continues to explore her potential despite the disabling effect of the illness. The book continually challenges stereotypes of dementia, and contains much information on how it feels to live with a condition that can often rob sufferers of dignity and respect... This is an excellent book, full of insights into the emotional, spiritual and social aspects of living with dementia, and what can be achieved if the rest of us accept that dementia is as much about abilities as disabilities. --Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Reading this book is a poignant, uplifting, indeed "spiritual" experience. It also raises questions, for example about the possible withdrawal of dementia-treating drugs in UK. It offers helpful guidance about communicating with people with dementia. It challenges us to ask how we might react in the face of a similar diagnosis. Most of all it will change our perceptions quite radically. The final chapter explains why Christine Bryden chose the title she did. However, readers will need to find this out for themselves! --Methodist Recorder
About the Author
Christine Bryden has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a senior executive in the Australian Prime Minister's Department. Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 1995, she has been instrumental in setting up local support groups for people with dementia and has addressed national and international conferences. In 2003 she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer's Disease International. Her first book Who will I be when I die? is also published by JKP and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.