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Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia [Paperback]

Christine Bryden
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15 Feb 2005
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.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103325
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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? was published in 1998 and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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"Dementia is often thought of as death by small steps. But I believe that people with dementia are making an important journey from cognition, through emotion, into spirit. I’ve begun to realize that what really remains throughout this journey is what is really important, and what disappears is what is not important. I think that if society could appreciate this, then people with dementia would be respected."

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 12 Nov 2005
By Caz233
Reading Dancing with Dementia is a must for any person who has been diagnosed with Dementia, Professional or Carer. The book is truly inspirational and Christine is so positive about her journey. As a professional, I found that it helped confirm where we had got it right and thus continue to carry on and move forward but it also highlights the road that we still need to travel if we are to deliver a truly person centred approach.
The book took me 4 hours to read - I couldn't put it down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive experience! 15 Sep 2010
I really liked this book. Bryden is pretty forthright in her writing, but also manages to tackle the subject sensitively. She gives a real insight into what it is like to live with this disease, particularly the problems she had during conferences and whilst travelling during her work in highlighting the issues for dementia sufferers. I found the sections where she described how she feels in some common situations very enlightening.

I think this book would prove valuable to any carer or sufferer who is interested in gaining a better understanding of the experience of dementia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book 5 July 2011
As a worker within dementia care I read a lot of research and dementia related material but not really for pleasure and certainly not at bed time! Dancing with Dementia however broke all my rules. Its positive, inspiring and written with such warmth, I couldn't put it down. Christine Brydon gives hope to us all as she makes the possibilities, for those with dementia and those whose lives it touches, real. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 18 Oct 2008
This book is written by a frontal lobal dementia sufferer which makes it more remarkable. It gives an insight into the sufferer's point of view which is invaluable in giving advice in how to respect all individual's suffering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 14 Feb 2014
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Anyone and their care partners who have just been diagnosed with any dementia should read this. I wish we had read 6 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia. will certainly recommend it to people at our Memory Café and other groups we belong to
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This book is a great personalised account of Christine's daily life of living with Dementia. It has handy hints and tips for any family who has a family member in the same position as Christine. A good read and it therefore gives an honest account of Christine's thoughts and feelings from Diagnosis to present time. The book also shows the bravery and unconditional determination that Christine has shown, with the help of her family, in raising awareness of Dementia globally. Good luck to you, Christine, and your family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a hard world to live in! 6 Aug 2011
By hope
it was a very interesting andhelpful read for anybbody who has a family member going through dementia. my family has been living with it for 10 years now. if I had read this book back then how different I would have done things for my beloved mother..xx christine's book is a credit to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review for wifey 7 May 2014
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bought this book for my wife she said it was just what she was looking for and it arrived in good time
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
great book for anyone with family or friends or working with dementia sufferers
Published 15 days ago by ken henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dementia from the Inside
Very helpful insight into the feelings of a sufferer trapped inside this dreadful illness. I now have a much greater understanding of what my mother is going through and it has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arabella
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hard reading kept repeating and slow
Published 3 months ago by judith nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
This book gives a wonderful insight into the world of a persons experience of dementia. Brilliantly written and so helpful.
Published 6 months ago by D. Butt
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with purchase
It was recommended as research after attending a training course and has been an interesting read. Amazing author, very honest.
Published 8 months ago by Lisa walford
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
this is an amazing read, i loved this book and ive learn alot from it
thank you for writing the book

i would recommend its a good read
Published 13 months ago by becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
As i work with Dementia. This book was recommended to read. It is a great book. Gives you an insight into somebodys life with dementia.
Published 14 months ago by Mark Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad memory recall...
Interesting reading; however, I would have thought that if suffering from Dementia, the author would not have such vivid recall of events in her life that occurred some years ago. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nancy Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book to learn about living with dementia
A powerful, moving, first hand insight to living with dementia that seeks to educate care providers and empower those with the disease. Deeply profound and spiritual.
Published 14 months ago by Richard Lownsbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Dementia.
Ordered this book on a recommendation from a friend. This is a truly inspiring book that everyone should read, no one knows when the disease could strike any one of us.
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