I love this book! (And full disclosure: I have volunteered and do some part-time work for Elderwise.) Recognizing the WHOLE person in ourselves and others, The Elderwise Way promotes a path of aging that is meaningful and loving. Where many see loss, The Elderwise Way sees opportunities for engagement, encourages us to savor the moments we have with frail elders and each other, and helps prepare us for what is next. The book speaks to us all - family members, friends, and care professionals.
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.Ruth Neuwald Falcon is an Emmy Award-winning editor, writer, producer, and webmaster. She has also run a small business and been executive director of two non-profit organizations. Combining the creativity and aesthetics of a director with the technical knowledge of the editor, Ruth relishes the joys and satisfactions of working collaboratively with other authors and filmmakers. She brings her skills and expertise to creative endeavors such as books, articles, newsletters, websites and documentary films. You can learn more about her work as a Creative Content Collaborator at www.ruthneuwaldfalcon.com.