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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103325
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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? is also published by JKP and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Caz233 on 12 Nov. 2005
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JW on 15 Sept. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EM on 5 July 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Dale on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cally O'Connor on 18 Oct. 2008
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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 By Vikchick on 1 Nov. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hope on 6 Aug. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arabella on 4 Aug. 2014
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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 strengthened my patience when dealing with the issues it has generated.
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