An illuminating new way of understanding and coping with a loved one who suffers from dementia.
A loved one suffering from dementia or the effects of a traumatic brain injury may seem vacant, but, Forrest (Symphony of Spirits, 2000) says, we can still speak to their souls, “the deepest part of the self and one’s evolving human essence.” This digestible guide, Forrest’s second self-help book, will aid in understanding how to interact with someone who has degenerative brain disease or severe mental issues resulting from brain injuries. Interspersed with background information on the different types and stages of dementia, the guide also provides tips for strengthening the brain and memory. For instance, Forrest encourages eating antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, strawberries and greens, as well as activities like dancing and listening to and playingmusic to help keep the brain stimulated and trigger muscle memory for people of all ages. There are seven stages to Alzheimer’s, Forrest writes, from early onset to the fully developed disease, and the steps should be known and understood so as to serve as “red flags to alert loved ones.” Shepoints to the caretaker as the “unsung hero” and routinely reminds anyone in that position not to ignore his or her own needs while caring for a loved one. In addition to her solid academic and professional foundation in cognitive behavior with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (The Fielding Graduate University) and time spent as a psychologist and nurse, Forrest also has personal experience: She was the victim of a car accident that caused brain damage, and she acted as a caregiver for her husband, who was diagnosed with cancer. Though her background is academic, the writing is highly comprehensible and easily readable for general audiences, and the personal anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book add a layer of humanity and humility.
A heartwarming, educational guide for the afflicted, their loved ones and the intellectually curious.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)