It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Jemi Fraser’s DANCING WITH DEMENTIA, Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.
Dancing With Dementia: Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia by Jemi Fraser
◊ Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir ◊ Publisher: Just Jemi Books ◊ eBooks ◊ ISBN-13: 978-1-9991258-1-3
Dementia and Alzheimer’s touch the lives of millions around the world, but so much is still unknown.
As first-generation Canadians, we didn’t recognize the early warning signs. We didn’t know the differences between regular aging and the early stages of dementia. We’ve made mistakes but we’ve learned a lot.
DANCING WITH DEMENTIA will help you: •Identify those early warning signs •Use visuals to improve communication •Choose your words wisely •Redirect and reassure •Stay calm and cope with your own emotions •Consider nursing home options •Improve caregiver self-care
We’ve learned to dance the early steps of the disease with our love and laughter intact. If you are looking for help recognizing early signposts along with practical ways to cope with early Dementia and Alzheimer’s, this book is for you.
DANCING WITH DEMENTIA buy links: Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Apple Books | B & N | Kobo
TOP TEN LIFE HIGHLIGHTS
I’ve been a teacher for more than a couple of decades and those years have taught me a lot. A lot of those lessons learned helped me enormously when we were suddenly faced with dementia, a disease we knew nothing about.
10. Every child is unique, possessing a wonderful combination of strengths and passions. Each child struggles in their own way and responds to new information in their own way. This doesn’t change as people age. This doesn’t change as dementia attacks the brain
9. There are many echoes of symptoms across the spectrum of special needs, possibly because people with special needs are people first and there are many echoes of needs/abilities across the spectrum of people
8. A kind yet firm voice backed with a confident tone and direct eye contact can work magic. If there is a dangerous situation we need Lizzie to avoid, I can pull out that teacher voice and redirect her…most of the time
7. If your words say one thing, but your tone and body language say another, the student (and Lizzie) will believe whichever is negative. Keeping tone, words, and body language consistent works best
6. When students struggle to learn a new concept, it’s my job to find a different way to present that information so they can learn it. Same with Lizzie. It’s my job to help her feel confident, safe, and secure
5. Presenting information in at least 2 ways increases the chance of that information being received and processed. Using something visual to back up our words helps Lizzie understand
4. Music can work magic. It can settle nerves during a test and it can settle Lizzie when there is something upsetting her
3. Feeling threatened decreases the ability to retain information and the ability to respond or react to that information. When Lizzie is scared or nervous, she doesn’t respond well. Ensuring she feels safe and calm is hugely important
2 Expressing ourselves is important. Whether it is singing, writing, drawing, dancing, or any other form of creativity, that self-expression builds confidence and reinforces that the person has something to contribute
1. Everyone needs to be heard. Everyone is valuable. Everyone has something to offer. Everyone is unique. Everyone deserves to be loved
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Jemi Fraser writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction work focuses on the ways that dementia has impacted her family. Her fiction work varies from contemporary romance to suspense and flash fiction. Years as a teacher have taught Jemi that life is short and that happy endings are a must.
Jemi lives in Northern Ontario, Canada where snow is always a topic of conversation and the autumn leaves make everything better.
Website | Just Jemi Blog | Dancing With Dementia blog | Amazon Page | BookBub | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Quick Tips Videos
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Jemi on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. I hope dementia hasn’t touch your family or friends, but in case it has do you have any tips to share on dealing with this terrible disease
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