Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia & Alzheimer's Toward Forgetfulness Care

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In Deeper Into The Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer's Toward Forgetfulness Care, the authors invite us to shift our attitude toward dementia, or Forgetfulness, as they call it. Accompanying us are four characters -- a sage, a psychologist, a physician, and an intern -- who each see Forgetfulness from a different viewpoint. The goal is to develop a perspective which includes the basic ingredients of openness, curiosity, and acceptance.

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Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D. received his doctorate from Stanford University and is a license psychotherapist. In 1994, noticing the often inhumane treatment of the elderly living in institutions, he started to develop an innovative Gerontological Wellness Program in order to provide emotional support and mental health care services for the elderly. Since then, he has launched innovative Gerontological Wellness Programs while designing non-pathologizing programs to work with forgetfulness and other ways of Dementias -- including Alzheimer's--in care homes for the elderly in San Francisco. Nader continues to create programs with the purpose of care more comprehensively for the elderly. He deepens this explanation through teaching 'eldership'; workshops in Europe and the United States. These seminars explore the difference between getting 'old' and growing into the role of an elder and have the purpose of preparing us for old age and eldership. He continues his work by training interns and supervisors in an existential-humanistic and process-oriented attitude to life and living. Dr. Bogna Symkiewicz is a psychologist and psychotherapist who has been teaching for over twenty years at the University of Warsaw. She holds a Diploma in Process Work from Zurich, works with clients in private practice, teaches process work, and facilitates groups. She is especially interested in finding better ways to communicate with people in altered states of consciousness, from intense emotions to dementia and coma. Bogna is a regular visiting professor of Pacific Institute and in that capacity collaborates in research projects, public programs, seminars, courses, and training supervision. She is the mother of Julia and Paulina, two beautiful 16-year-old twins.

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We loved reading and gained much from the good suggestions, practical insights, and psychospiritual metaskills of Forgetfulness Care. If you are interested in the human race, and if you want to know how to help people in the latter stages of life, please read this book. --Arny Mindell, Ph.D. and Amy Mindell, Ph.D.; Founders of Process Oriented Psychology

Deeper into the Soul is a beacon of hope and understanding for victims of dementia, their caregivers and families. This remarkable book presents a comprehensive explanation of the challenges of life with Alzheimer s, and encourages us regarding its possibilities for the future. --Edward Voris, Developer, Builder, Fundraiser; Recently diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer s

In times when our society faces an increasing number of people suffering from dementia, an approach that goes beyond the neurological explanations and adventures into the emotional and spiritual experiences of those suffering and those caregiving brings a Sperspective that encourages support, understanding, and a very much needed new paradigm symptoms of forgetfulness. The authors offer to face this challenge. Deeper into the Soul represents that paradigm in which dementia and forgetfulness represent a meaningful part of the life journey. --Gloria Cavanaugh, retired President & CEO American Society on Aging/Consultant Institute on Aging

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