||Deeper into the Soul:|
Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care
By Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.
and Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
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Deeper into the Soul emphasizes that each
stage of forgetfulness is a meaningful part of
the life journey filled with important emotional
and spiritual experiences.The authors remind
us that with each effort to understand others, we
expand our view of the world. Rather than
simply a disease, forgetfulness has purpose and
meaning; rather than simply being in need of our
care, people with forgetfulness can teach us about
life and living; rather than a burden, people with
dementia offer us an opportunity to slow down,
to be more open and caring, to get in touch with
the essence of our human nature. In this process,
we deepen ourselves, journey further into our souls.
This book is a practical guide for people who
work and live with relatives or residents with symptoms of forgetfulness.
The authors offer
ideas and tips dealing with symptoms such
as aggression and wandering, but they also
explore a new way of understanding the people
for whom we care.
They ask some fundamental questions: What are the possible meanings of forgetfulness?
What purpose does forgetfulness serve for both
caregiver and the one experiencing it? How does
forgetfulness redefi ne our dominant views of who
and what we are as human beings?
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 sees Forgetfulness from a different
viewpoint. The goal is to develop a perspective which includes the basic ingredients of
openness, curiosity and acceptance.
“We loved reading and gained much from the good suggestions, practical insights, and psycho-spiritual 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 & Amy Mindell; Psychotherapists, Writers and 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 perspective that encourages support, understanding, and a very much needed new paradigm to face this challenge. Deeper into the Soul represents that paradigm in which dementia and forgetfulness represent a meaningful part of the lift journey.”
—Gloria Cavanaugh, retired President & CEO American Society on Aging/Consultant Institute on Aging
“If you are a researcher, a hospital worker, a teacher, a caregiver, this book belongs on your desk or at your bedside. Deeper into the Soul will push you further than you meant to go, surprising you into a smile of pleasure, a buzz of new learning, a challenge to your usual interpretation of meaning. Best of all, it will engage and enlarge your heart.”
—Elizabeth Bugental; Psychotherapist and Author of AgeSong: Meditations for Later Years
About the Authors:
|Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.,
received his doctorate from
Stanford University and is
a licensed psychotherapist.
In 1994, noticing the often
inhumane treatment of the
elderly living in institutions,
he started to develop an
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
caring more comprehensively for the elderly. He deepens
this exploration 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 Szymkiewicz
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 fi nding 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.|