Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s

Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer’s challenges. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, using her personal experiences—the mistakes and the breakthroughs—to put a face to a misunderstood disease, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.

Pragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer’s and raising public awareness. Nothing i do is really about me; it’s all about making sure no one ends up like me, ” she writes. A new york times bestselleremmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.

When meryl comer’s husband harvey gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind.

It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.

Christopher's Story: An Indictment of the American Mental Health System

He holds a phd in instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University. The mh system appears as bureaucratic maze of incompetence and callousness more interested in collecting insurance payments and protecting itself from liability than in assisting others. It is clear from the beginning that Christopher has emotional problems, and the author seeks help.

Pseudonyms are used to maintain the focus on the system. The author concludes by citing crucial points in his son's life were opportunities for interventions were missed. Indications that the boy is brain-damaged are ignored for many years. He is the author of mill river Junior High and has been published many times in journals, magazine and newspapers on a variety of topics.

Keywords: mental health, special education, rubisch, Psychological Evaluation, ADHD, Medication, Brain Damage, Counseling, Bender-Gestalt, MRI . Physically abused at the age of one and a half by his own biological father, the subject of this book commits physical abuse to an infant twenty-one years later with fatal consequences.

At a crucial stage where both father and son are pleading for help, the MH system does not even return phone calls. Throughout the emphasis is on the failure of the MH system rather than the possible shortcomings of individuals. There is an astonishing level of detail taken from reports, as he records his frustration, and the author's own journal entries, heartbreak, evaluations, as well as a fair amount of humor.

He also cites long standard practices in the MH field that deflect accountability and keep the system inefficient.

Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach

Health system--from its historical origins and resources, cost, to its individual services, and quality. Using a unique "systems" approach, the text brings together an extraordinary breadth of information into a highly accessible, easy-to-read resource that clarifies the complexities of health care organization and finance while presenting a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

Delivering health care in america, Seventh Edition is the most current and comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the U. S.

The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

What might lead an ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, piece by piece, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal and what is mental illness.

Told with fierce clarity, and urgent lyricism, humor, this extraordinary book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds. In this captivating fusion of science, and personal memoir, history, David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion.

Adam, has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder for twenty years, an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer, and The Man Who Couldn't Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorderHave you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone.


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead. A new york times bestseller* for sarah hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return.

She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure--the sober life she never wanted.

Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, intimacy, as well as the confidence, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman. What did i say last night? how did i meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin.

Publicly, and her career flourished, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. Includes reading Group Guide*. But there was a price.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, a practicing surgeon, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. In being mortal, injury, transforming birth, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable.

Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.


The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

A much-praised memoir of living and surviving mental illness as well as "a stereotype-shattering look at a tenacious woman whose brain is her best friend and her worst enemy" Time. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Elyn R. Evans professor of law, psychiatry, and the behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, Psychology, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness.

. The center cannot hold is the eloquent, to attempted suicides in college, moving story of Elyn's life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself and to harm others, as well as the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional.

This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.

The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic

David shenk movingly captures the disease’s impact on its victims and their families, explaining how Alzheimer’s most likely afflicted such figures as Jonathan Swift, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and he looks back through history, and Willem de Kooning. National bestsellera powerfully engaging, how it affects us, and deeply empathetic narrative of the history of Alzheimer’s disease, scrupulously researched, and the search for a cure.

Afflicting nearly half of all people over the age of 85, Alzheimer’s disease kills nearly 100, 000 Americans a year as it insidiously robs them of their memory and wreaks havoc on the lives of their loved ones. It was once minimized and misunderstood as forgetfulness in the elderly, but Alzheimer’s is now at the forefront of many medical and scientific agendas, for as the world’s population ages, the disease will touch the lives of virtually everyone.

The result is a searing and graceful account of Alzheimer’s disease, compassionate, offering a sobering, and ultimately encouraging portrait.

Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach

Mark durand, and Stefan G. They go beyond simply describing different schools of thought on psychological disorders, exploring the interactions of the various forces that contribute to psychopathology. Updated with leading-edge research findings, the eighth edition draws on the expertise of David H. This comprehensive resource includes integrated case studies 95 percent from the authors' own files and additional study tools.

Important notice: media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. Hofmann, three internationally recognized experts in clinical psychology. Balancing biological, psychological, this book's ground-breaking integrative approach is the most modern, social, and cultural approaches, scientifically valid method for studying abnormal psychology.

Barlow, V. In abnormal psychology: an integrative approach, the authors successfully blend sophisticated research with an accessible, engaging writing style.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's: 2nd Edition

This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. His story is naked, wrenching, and soul searching for a generation and their loved ones about to cross the threshold of this death in slow motion. O’brien is a master storyteller. Greg o’brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and is one of those faceless numbers.

It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey.

On pluto: inside the mind of alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up! More than 5 million americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An unquiet mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, and an attempted suicide.

Here jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive bipolar illness; she has also experienced it firsthand.

With a new preface by the authorin her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness. Dr.