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Remembering Home

, 144 pages

35 b&w photos

May 2008



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Remembering Home

Rediscovering the Self in Dementia

Research has shown that stimulating early memories can have positive effects for persons with dementia or related disorders and can energize the relationships between such persons and their families, friends, and caregivers. Remembering Home emphasizes the importance of home in the lives of memory-challenged adults, offers insight into the richness and variety of life experiences associated with the idea of home, and suggests ways in which caregivers can encourage reminiscences to improve the quality of life for those with dementia or associated diseases.

This volume advances the goals of affirming the dignity of and reinforcing personhood in adults with debilitating memory loss. Environmental gerontologist Habib Chaudhury draws on research and fieldwork—along with the stories and actions of persons with dementia and their loved ones—to discuss dementia and the concept of self. He shows how recollections of home can reach persons with compromised mental capacity, and he shares techniques designed to spark conversation and stimulate participation in group and one-on-one activities.

Chaudhury encourages health care professionals and activity leaders to embrace a personhood-affirming mode of care and provides tools and information for nonprofessionals who want to connect with, understand, and better appreciate people with dementia.

Habib Chaudhury teaches gerontology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. His research interests are memories of place and self in aging, seniors' housing, design in dementia care, and design for active older adults. He serves as a design research consultant for senior housing, residential care, and dementia care facilities and is the coeditor of Home and Identity in Late Life.

" Remembering Home provides a compelling argument that home is one of the most enduring and important concepts in the minds and hearts of people with dementia. It is a timely and practical guide to working with memories of home and should be required reading for anyone who works with people who have dementia."

"A wonderful book! Place as well as time as the taproots of memory is beautifully demonstrated in this book. This book also offers strategies for health care professionals and activity staff members in bringing place and home into their programmed activities and conversations with older adults who have dementia."

"Exceptionally well written and provides both an informed and compelling argument for selfhood affirming care and a practical guide on enriching the practices of residential care facilities."

"Every long-term-care facility should make it available to staff members. Highly recommended."

"Accessibe, and engaging... Remembering Home is predominantly geared towards providing advice for health care professionals and those engaged in caring for memory-challenged adults in health care facilities... is it also use for those family members and friends with loved-ones suffering from dementia."

"A sound reminder to all caregivers that all people have pasts, and those pasts are part of who they are today and create, in some ways, their future... Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia is a tool for families to remain connected to loved ones who are experiencing loss of memory... This person-centered approach to affirming older adults with dementia demonstrates the importance of sharing the past with the hope that it will make the journey of the future more meaningful and pleasant for all."

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