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Fiction writers adopt certain techniques to convey these experiences, and Taylor points out that they often use an unreliable narrator to “destabilise an audience in a way that mimics the confusion of a character”. A good example is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey . Although essentially a crime novel, this book follows Maud, who is struggling with dementia, and her attempt to find her missing friend, Elizabeth. The jumble of days and the mixed images and thoughts are conveyed well to the reader, as Maud mixes up the disappearance of her friend with that of her sister when Maud was younger. Written by Tony Husband, this is the touching, illustrated story of Tony’s father and how dementia slowly took him away from his family. The title is a reference to his last words to his son.
Her first novel, Still Alice, a haunting and moving portrait of Alzheimers patient, was a commercial and critical success, debuting at #5 on the New York Times list and staying there for more than thirty weeks. Now she brings attention to a lesser-known condition, building upon the same kind of humanity that made Still Alice so special. Thirty-something Sarah Nickerson is like so many women todaydriven to succeed at home and at work, multi-tasking all day long, spread extremely thin. The morning that changes her life forever is at first just a typical morning. Shes in her car on her way to work, about to make a business call. But she takes her eyes off the road for one second too long, and she finds herself involved in a terrible accident.
White Knight recounts the couple’s four-year journey through Alzheimer’s, a journey that ended with Joe’s death. Wanda discovered living in the moment helped her enjoy and cherish the limited time she had left with the man she loved. By dedicating herself to filling Joe’s remaining days with as much laughter and love as possible, Wanda found strength and purpose.
However, during one lecture, Alice struggles to remember a word and later becomes lost on a run through campus. She sees a neurologist in secret and, after being subjected to a number of tests, is diagnosed with her condition; rare for a person of her age. Alice strives to remain true to the woman she has always been, while relationships shift within her family, in her work and most importantly with herself. If you have any concerns about your relative and dementia, please speak to one of our experienced carers who will be able to offer you the advice and support you and your loved one need.
The interpretation of the debilitating affects of Alzheimer’s was plausible and understandable. As a woman of the same age, with many of the same fears about my memory/mental agility and competence, I found Alice’s journey powerful and intimate. I was mesmerised by the story and totally immersed in her choices and feelings in relation to others and her family. a glimpse into a world of people and families trying to cope. Allows more understanding of how someone with dementia struggles. A beautiful story, touching without being over sentimental.
’ (p. 96); and the answer from her colleagues, is a non-person. Lisa Genova’s Still Alice, first published in 2007, has gained a deserved reputation as a brave fictional attempt at a first-person account of the descent into dementia. Genova has a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer’s Association. Adam spent four years caring for his mum when she developed young onset dementia at the age of 51. Before she passed away in 2013, Adam promised her that he would write a book about their experiences. ‘Unbreakable Bond’ is a book about our journey,’ says Adam.
Lisa Genova is a neurologist and that may explain the unsentimental and approach she take with “Still Alice”. Alice, who has been a professor at Harvard for twenty five years, one day goes for a run and finds that she can’t remember her way home. There are other memory lapses but she is only fifty years old and hopes they are a symptom of the menopause. At first, she keeps her worries from her family and visits a doctor by herself. It is not good news, she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Genova’s writing is so convincing that I just could not put this book down.
At one stage, she looks at herself in a mirror, to find the reflection “didn’t quite match the picture that she had of herself in her mind’s eye”. This reminds us of the crucial importance of helping people maintain their identity, which is a key feature of dementia care . Literary fiction is an example of this, whereby, in the words of Clarke , “novelists, in effect, invite their readers to places where storytelling can cast light on everyday affairs”. An example of how fiction can help us enter the minds of people who cannot articulate how they feel is given in Paul Sayer’s award-winning novel, The Comforts of Madness . This account of Peter, a patient with a catatonic condition, shows how it is possible to demonstrate the inner feelings of a person through fictional narrative. This article looks at the value of fictional representations of dementia in literature in terms of improving understanding and empathy among nurses for the provision of high-quality dementia care.
It can be heartbreaking to read other people’s stories. But it can also be inspirational and give you a deep understanding and insight into how other people are living with dementia. We have chosen just a few of the best-selling non-fiction books that are real life stories of people living with and caring for somebody with dementia. Buy real-life books about dementia to read people’s stories on living with dementia. We have reviews on the best-selling non-fiction story books relating to dementia.