It may seem strange to talk about pathways to hope in the context of dementia. Although much more is known about the condition since I first began writing about it, it still evokes dread and fear, probably more than any other illness. Mention dementia in a group of people and watch their expressions: you can see that it evokes the very worst sort of images – of people in the final stages of the disease, and usually the most severe cases: worst case scenarios dominate their reactions and feelings. There is no clear treatment to follow, because each case is unique – a combination of the pathology and the personality. But once thickets of misunderstanding and misinformation are brushed aside, there are pathways to hope, and this is what I aimed to do in this book. Also, secular models of support don’t adequately reflect Christian values of compassion, love and service, neither do they describe the power of spiritual support. Yet this is key to the wellbeing of the caregiver, as well as the person with dementia. This book is packed with examples of what works, as well as practical advice and accessible medical information.
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Chapter 1 – At the heart of the issue
The effects of negative thinking
Chapter 2 – The brightest hope on the narrowest path
The solid nature of real hope, and examples of how it works
Chapter 3 – Dementia and the hidden hope
What dementia is, what it isn’t, and the importance of resilience
Chapter 4 – The diagnosis dilemma
The push for more diagnosis and the lack of care brings us to a crossroads.
Chapter 5 – Strength for the Journey
How preparing for old age strengthens us even through the dementia journey
Chapter 6 – a way to conquer the dementia plaque
Science searches for the answer but could it be simply living the way God intended?
Chapter 7 – Communities that work
Church and other communities helping with powerful results
Chapter 8 – Connecting at an eternal level
The Holy Spirit connects us even when other communications fail.
CHAPTER 9 – The highway through the heart
Caregivers caring for themselves
Chapter 10 – Stories of hope
When ‘Brain and Soul Boosting’ restored hope; Sue and Tony’s story; Lesley’s and the Nuns’.
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