An account of a year in the life of Peter Berry. Happily married and running a successful business in Suffolk, Peter’s life changed when, at the age of 50, he was diagnosed with young onset dementia. Peter has embarked on a series of challenges to show that,”life isn’t over with dementia, it’s just a little different,” raising thousands of pounds for dementia charities and cycling hundreds of miles in his quest to show that life is always worth living. This is an inspirational look at both living in the present and coping with dementia.
Christine was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. ‘Dancing with Dementia’ is a vivid account of her 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. It continues the story of her journey since diagnosis with dementia, meeting her husband Paul and embarking on a new journey of advocacy for all those living with dementia. She describes how, with the support of her husband, she continues to lead an active life despite her dementia and explains how professionals and carers can help. Christine has also written two other books: Will I still be me? and Who will I be when I die?.
Jennifer was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2009. She is a distinguished former GP and believes that her dementia is,“an opportunity as well as a challenge.” In this book she explores what it is like to have dementia, and what can help.
Chris’s world was turned upside down when, at just 34 years of age, he was diagnosed with a rare form of young onset dementia. Dementia had already claimed the life of his father at 42, along with several other members of his family, and tragically had already confined his brother to a nursing home at the age of 43. Chris embarked on an awareness-raising 16,000-mile solo cycle around North America. ‘Five minutes of amazing’ is both the story of Chris’s epic journey and of his fight against the disease.
When she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, Wendy was confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity. All at once, she had to say goodbye to the woman she used to be. Her demanding career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run. Somebody I used to know is a phenomenal memoir. It is both a heart-rending tribute to the woman Wendy once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.
Norman was diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies aged 50. He says, “We have to deal with the cards we are dealt and try to make the best of it. I hope this book inspires others and they can now understand why a diagnosis of dementia is not the end, but can be the beginning of a new adventure, where there is life, there will always be hope my friends.”
Keith was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2010 and has since become a leading activist for dementia care, and an international speaker. Telling his story in a diary format, this book gives an unparalleled insight into what day-to-day life with dementia is like, and how he continues to live a full life after diagnosis.
On New Year’s Eve 2010, Keith Oliver was told by a doctor that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He was just 55, the head of a thriving primary school, a husband, father and grandfather, in the process of studying for an MA in Education. Walk the walk, talk the talk is the story of Keith’s life before, during and since receiving his diagnosis, told not just by Keith, but by the health professionals, friends and family who know him best, and including a selection of the talks he has given to a wide variety of audiences since his diagnosis. This is a story of hope and encouragement that is both moving and inspiring.
Helga turns dementia stereotypes on their head with this candid memoir. Speaking about her diagnosis, day-to-day life and experience of advocacy, she proves that a dementia diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to give up on life. With helpful advice and practical tips, this book is a testament to living well with young onset dementia.
Young onset dementia books
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