Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia by Habib Chaudhury

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.

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