By Karen Love
Every once in a while a book comes along that is a stand out. Luckily, two such books about living proactively with dementia have recently been published. Kate Swaffer’s, “What the Hell Happened to My Brain? Living Beyond Dementia,” is a tour de force and a candid account of one person’s journey living proactively beyond a dementia diagnosis. As the title suggests, Kate, who was diagnosed with a younger onset dementia at the age of 49, is spunky and describes her “good, bad and downright ugly” experiences. Her first person perspective is an eye-opening yet heart-warming story. Read more and purchase “What the Hell Happened to My Brain? Living Beyond Dementia” on Amazon.
Another stand out book about living proactively with dementia was written by Dr. Richard Fenker, PhD titled, “Don’t Rain on My Parade: Living a Full Life with Alzheimer’s and Dementia”. Dr. Fenker, known internationally for his work in cognition, artificial intelligence, sports psychology and forecasting, spent several years talking with people who have dementia and reading first person accounts. The book includes dozens of quotes from the individuals he call “Dementia Heroes,” including a foreword by Brian LeBlanc who is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance’s Advisory Board. Read more and purchase “Don’t Rain on My Parade: Living a Full Life with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.”