Conversations with Ed: Waiting for Forgetfulness: Why Are We So Afraid of Alzheimer's Disease?

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How can we not be afraid of Alzheimer's disease? How can we not dread aging? By posing these questions we are inviting alternate ways of seeing Alzheimer's disease as well as aging. In so doing we do not want to minimize the suffering that people may experience watching a loved one become forgetful. Nor do we want to minimize that becoming forgetful and growing old can be painful processes. Rather, Conversations with Ed wants to create a positive cultural space for people who have dementia, for those who accompany them on their journey and for those who fear being afflicted with it.

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Ed Voris is a native of Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also received a Bachelor of Divinity from Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Following graduation he entered the construction industry with a principal interest in affordable housing; working in Texas, Washington and Hawaii. In 1986 Voris moved to Berkeley, California, for ongoing study at the Graduate Theological Union, where he joined the staff of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy. There Ed served as Organizing Editor of A Cry for Justice, a study of the Economic Justice statements of the major religious bodies, published by Paulist Press. Since then Ed has been a consultant to community development nonprofits, specializing in housing and finance. He was recently diagnosed with dementia.

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I really enjoyed and loved the conversational approach of this book and know it will be of great use for those of us who are concerned about Alzheimer's disease and the aging process. --Gloria H Cavanaugh - Retired President & CEO, American Society on Aging; Consultant, Institute on Aging

Conversations with Ed can assist health professionals to find new attitudes towards their patients and can rekindle hope and joy of family members by highlighting the possible meaning and quality in the experiences of their loved ones. The authors call to question our preconceived ideas about life and death, sanity and madness. This is an uplifting book which opens new avenues of perception and has potentially groundbreaking, large scale effects. --Max Schupbach, Ph.D. - International Hospice and Coma Worker and Trainer; Co-Founder of Process Work; Co-Founder, Lava Rock Clinic; President, Deep Democracy Institute

Conversations with Ed provides a terrific first hand account of the joys and challenges of aging and memory loss. It is a great reminder to me of the important work that my clients do a must read for anyone involved in providing care to elders. --Joel Goldman - Partner, Senior Housing & Care Practice; Partner, Hanson & Bridgett Law Firm

Conversations with Ed can assist health professionals to find new attitudes towards their patients and can rekindle hope and joy of family members by highlighting the possible meaning and quality in the experiences of their loved ones. The authors call to question our preconceived ideas about life and death, sanity and madness. This is an uplifting book which opens new avenues of perception and has potentially groundbreaking, large scale effects. --Max Schupbach, Ph.D. - International Hospice and Coma Worker and Trainer; Co-Founder of Process Work; Co-Founder, Lava Rock Clinic; President, Deep Democracy Institute

Conversations with Ed provides a terrific first hand account of the joys and challenges of aging and memory loss. It is a great reminder to me of the important work that my clients do a must read for anyone involved in providing care to elders. --Joel Goldman - Partner, Senior Housing & Care Practice; Partner, Hanson & Bridgett Law Firm

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