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Author Kiper, Dasha, author.

Title Travelers to unimaginable lands: stories of dementia, the caregiver, and the human brain / Dasha Kiper ; [foreword by Norman Doidge].

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2023]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  616.831 KIP    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  616.831 KIP    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xxxii, 233 pages ; 22 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-222) and index.
Contents Foreword / by Norman Doidge -- Preface -- Borges in the Bronx : why we can't remember that Alzheimer's patients forget -- "The weak child" : why it's so hard to change our responses -- Dementia blindness : why it takes so long to see the disease -- Chekhov and the left-brain interpreter : why we believe that the person we used to know is still there -- The insistent, persistent CEO : why we feel patients are still capable of self-awareness -- When every day is Sunday : why we dispute a patient's reality -- My dinner with Stefan Zweig : why we take patients' words and actions personally -- The mastermind : why we continue to rely on reason -- Ah humanity : why we attribute intention of patients' behaviors -- When the right thing is the wrong thing : why it's so hard to let go of blame -- Word girl : why we persist -- Epilogue.
Summary "After getting a master's degree in clinical psychology, Dasha Kiper became the live-in caregiver for a Holocaust survivor with Alzheimer's disease. For a year, she endured the emotional strain of looking after a person whose condition disrupts the rules of time, order, and continuity. Inspired by her own experience and her work counseling caregivers in the subsequent decade, Kiper offers an entirely new way to understand the symbiotic relationship between patients and those tending to them. Her book is the first to examine how the workings of the "healthy" brain prevent us from adapting to and truly understanding the cognitively impaired one. In these poignant but unsentimental stories of parents and children, husbands and wives, Kiper explores the existential dilemmas created by this disease: A man believes his wife is an impostor. A woman's imaginary friendships drive a wedge between herself and her devoted husband. Another woman's childhood trauma emerges to torment her son. A man's sudden Catholic piety provokes his wife. Why is taking care of a family member with dementia so difficult? Why do caregivers succumb to behaviors--arguing, blaming, insisting, taking symptoms personally--they know are counterproductive? Exploring the healthy brain's intuitions and proclivities, Travelers to Unimaginable Lands reveals the neurological obstacles to caregiving, enumerating not only the terrible pressures the disease exerts on our closest relationships but offering solace and perspective as well"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Dementia.
Alzheimer's disease.
Memory disorders.
Brain -- Diseases.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Informational works.
Added Author Doidge, Norman, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9780399590535 (hardcover)
0399590536 (hardcover)

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