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review 2016-05-07 22:34
The Dementia of Language - Sara Toruno-Conley

My favorite poems are the ones that work together to create a story and that is just what this collection does.

Each poem is beautiful and haunting in itself, but together they make up a story of a mother's dementia. The poems are told from three different perspectives, the daughter, the father, and the mother herself, and demonstrate some of the struggles that each of the members of the family face.

This is a quick read, but one that is achingly beautiful, full of sorrow, and delves into the depths of human connections.

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review 2016-01-21 19:34
The Dementia Diaries- my highest recommendation!
The Dementia Diaries: A Novel in Cartoons - Social Innovation Lab Kent,Matthew Snyman,Angela Rippon

I am so glad I read this. It is written in Diary/Journal entries from different a few children/teenagers and bounces between each of their perspectives. There are drawings added that really helped to add to each of the enteries.


Some of the topics will make you laugh, cry, and really think about what it is like to live in close proximity to someone with dementia. In no way is it easy. I loved how each of these children were able to look past the bad and try to remember "good" times. 


This is split into sections and at the end of these sections is an activities section with suggestions that are intended to educate and help cope. Some of these ideas are very good and will help give a child the feeling of being involved and hopefully make it easier for them accept their situation. 


I really feel that this would help any child in a situation where Dementia has made an impact on their life. It also may help an older person (parent, grandparent, etc) understand how it effects a child, and how a child views what Dementia is. I give this my highest recommendation.


Something that made me laugh:



A YouTube video (Making The Dimentia Diaries):




I recieved an e-copy of this book through Edelwiess in exchange for an honest review. 



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text 2016-01-21 14:40
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Dementia Diaries: A Novel in Cartoons - Social Innovation Lab Kent,Matthew Snyman,Angela Rippon


I love the idea of this being written from the point of view of teenagers and children. I can only imagine how scary and life altering it would be to deal with living with a loved one with dementia. Hopefully this book will reach the hands of other's going through similar situations and help them to get through what they are experiencing.


Dementia sucks! I am dealing with a lot of it with my clients at work. The company was formed by a group of families with children with developmental disabilities. They didn't want their kids to be in an institution, which was really the only option during that time period. This group of children are now older. We have quite a few clients with Downs Syndrome. People with Downs almost always get dementia when they get older. 


We are also seeing a trend, I don't know if this is just in our agency, or if it is also true for other settings, where younger clients are also suffering from Dementia like symptoms. 

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text 2016-01-08 15:49
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
The Dementia Diaries: A Novel in Cartoons - Social Innovation Lab Kent,Matthew Snyman,Angela Rippon

...It’s a diary, it’s my diary , and it’s my friends’ diaries.


We’ve stuck them all together into a sort of super-diary about Dementia. And it’s about our Grandparents. It’s about their Dementia . That’s what we want to share. And don’t worry, some of the stories are even pretty funny!

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review 2015-12-27 19:59
Beautiful! THE MADONNAS OF LENINGRAD by Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad - Debra Dean

The Madonnas of Leningrad

Debra Dean

Hardcover, 228 pages
Published 2006 by William Morrow & Company
ISBN: 0060825308 (ISBN13: 9780060825300)                 

Debra Dean has written a beautiful, poignant novel that combines a historical viewpoint of a civilian life in Russia during World War II and the effects of dementia on an elderly Russian Immigrant and her family. I loved this story. I teared up at times when Marina dealt with the difficulties of daily life in war torn Leningrad. I did not like Marina's son, but I think that is because I don't think that Marina's children were as developed as Marina's character. Overall, though, Dean wrote an incredible story that is faithful to the struggles of war and the concerns and stress that dementia and Alzheimers has on both the individual and the family

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