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Book details
  • SubGenre:Life Stages / Later Years
  • Language:English
  • Pages:176
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098308858

The Elderwise Way

A Different Approach to Life with Dementia

by Sandy Sabersky and Ruth Neuwald Falcon

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Based on a program now more than two decades old, "The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Dementia" summarizes the principles and practices of a unique adult day enrichment program that has a spirit-centered approach to working with people with dementia. Based in Seattle, Elderwise is at the forefront of the expansion of our understanding of how to be with those with cognitive loss. The statement often heard from people—those with dementia as well as their caregivers—after visiting Elderwise is that it feels as if they have entered a space of "time out of time." They slow down; they feel safe and welcome, seen and valued. That is how it feels to read this book. One is gently invited to think about dementia differently. "The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Dementia" is filled with compassion and connection, humor and honesty. It reminds us of our own humanity and deep capacity for love.
Reading about dementia can be hard and frightening. While there is more understanding and information available than ever before, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. One of the core takeaways from many of the books is the belief that when someone is diagnosed with dementia, they are no longer "there"—instead, they are lost to those who know and love them, no longer accessible or knowable. One reads and grieves. Reading "The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Dementia" has a different effect. It opens the heart and mind to the awareness that cognitive losses do not eradicate the essence of a person. It opens the reader to the possibility that someone with memory loss can still expand in ways of the heart. Though relationships will change, they can still be meaningful and loving. Through stories and concepts, it illuminates approaches that can provide opportunities for persons with memory loss to become more joyful, more tolerant and more loving. This book offers ways for anyone, whether in personal or professional relationship with someone with memory loss, to open their hearts and minds to new possibilities. It does not minimize the loss and necessary adjustment required by all involved. It does, however, offer concrete examples of how to adapt and enjoy the relationship in its present form. It provides opportunities for growth, for both the person with memory loss and the care partner. Filled with compassion and connection, humor and honesty, "The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Dementia" reminds us of our own humanity and deep capacity for love.
About the author
Sandy Sabersky has, for all of her adult life, focused her professional and personal attention on the fields of aging and spiritual growth. These two threads were brought together when she co-founded Elderwise in 1997, after more than two decades as a Physical Therapist. She is grateful for all the opportunities Elderwise has given her: for learning, growth and expansion. She appreciates the opportunities it brings to express herself—artistically, verbally and through movement—and for the community of fellow travelers.