Eldership Academy Press Offers New Book by Dr Julia Wolfson

Eldership Academy Press is honored to offer “Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services.” the latest book by Julia Wolfson, PhD.  Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services empowers those in need of care services, caregivers and care organizations using a strengths-based approach to recovery and change.

Dr. Julia Wolfson is a frequent presenter at AgeSong Academy, an life-long education program for residents, volunteers and staff. She has presented workshops on changing the culture of care in ways that give equal emphasis to individual agency, reciprocity in relationships, and community belonging.

Dr. Julia Wolfson, human ecologist, is founder of Turning Forward. She works with people, organisations and communities around the world.

“Dr. Wolfson’s book Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services shows how certain skills and metaskills using ‘deep democracy’, can help those in need, caregivers and whole organizations thrive!”
– Drs. Amy and Arnold Mindell, Founders of Processwork, deep democracy and worldwork

“A refreshing and thought provoking must read if you or your friends or a family member is in a care environment.”
– Drs. Ellen and Max Schupbach, Founders of the Deep Democracy Institute International

“This book will help people reframe the key issues in human services around the themes of self-direction, relationships, and social capital.”
– Dr. James F. Gardner, Former President and CEO, Council on Quality and Leadership, 1989-2012

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Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services

Diversity, Inclusion and Innate Powers
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By Julia Wolfson, Ph.D.
Eldership Academy Press (2017)
$18.95 Softcover, plus shipping

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One billion people across the globe of all ages – one eighth of our human community – are dependent on health, disability and/or care and protective systems and providers. For millions of people, everyday survival depends on caregivers, supporters, care programs and funding. The need may be temporary, longer term or lifelong. Many people in care systems and assisted living settings are lonely, isolated and long to feel at home in a community with meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute.

Mistreatment, exploitation and neglect in protective environments and institutions, has come to light in a sweep of shocking revelations and inquiries worldwide. Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services is relevant for caregivers, educators and direct support professionals, and people who rely on support and care. This book is also important for family members, policy makers and community developers, facilitators, leaders and administrators involved in this ever-growing and expanding field of human services.

The nine innate powers explained, are a concrete way to address one of the core questions people in care institutions, educators and helping professions are grappling with: How best to respond to people who require assistance and care in a strengths-based, individualized and respectful way. Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services is a humanising and pragmatic response to addressing and preventing abuse and awakening inner resources for a self-directed life, rich with meaning, friendship and contribution.

From the Foreword

“This is an important text for the future. On a global scale we are discovering that relationships and connections with other people, opportunities, and resources provide the best guarantee of health, safety, and growth and development. We are also discovering that we can no longer afford to continually enlarge the disability bubble. We will need to master the material that Wolfson provides us if we intend to explore sustainable lives and relationships beyond that bubble. This book will help people reframe the key issues in human services around the themes of self-direction, relationships, and social capital.”

– James F. Gardner, PhD, President, J Gardner & Associates, LLC, and Past President and CEO, Council on Quality and Leadership, 1989–2012

What Leaders in the Field are Saying About the Book

“Dr. Wolfson’s book Applying Deep Democracy in Human Services shows how certain skills and metaskills using ‘deep democracy’, can help those in need, caregivers and whole organizations thrive!”

— Drs. Amy and Arnold Mindell, Founders of Process Work, deep democracy and worldwork

“A refreshing and thought provoking must read if you or your friends or a family member is in a care environment.”

— Drs. Ellen and Max Schupbach, Founders of the Deep Democracy Institute International

“Finally, after working for over 40 years with people with challenging behaviors, predominantly in the field of Intellectual Disability, I am awed and heartened by this book. Rich with insight derived through direct practice and capable of being extrapolated to all nature of oppression and abuse of power, Dr. Julia Wolfson uses her own rich life and work experiences to expose the painful abuses and misguided power-over in interpersonal relationships that often commingles with well-meaning care-taking intentions for people with different abilities. Through her powerful storytelling she simultaneously exposes us to pain and suffering, as well as the hopefulness of the healing path when truth is heard in a facilitated environment. This book is very important for us all to read, especially if we hope to help humanity develop to its fullest potential. I will assign it to my students in our MSW program as well as to our clinic interns as a strategic guide to transformative leadership, and recommend it to everyone I come across who is trying to help change the world.”

Dr. Beth Barol, Associate Dean and Director of Social Work, Widener University, Pennsylvania, USA.

“For more than a decade the author has worked with our organisation in a village in Africa, for children, youth and young adults with different abilities, bringing us together to discover at progressively deeper levels what the core of our work is. In this book she shares the treasures and insight of many decades of work supporting organisations to bring out the strengths of vulnerable people. It is a remarkable book that should be required reading for all who work in this field.”

— Agas Groth, CEO Camphill Communities, Botswana.

“This masterpiece promises to make a significant contribution to the most difficult existential questions of our time. In a fascinating weave of experiences from her professional life and deep, personal accounts, Julia provides a roadmap for a journey of a universal kind. The inquiry is both confronting and comforting. The authenticity of the voice in this narrative demands of us as readers that we, too, ask ourselves: how can I be safe and free? What does it mean to be alive? Can I become an agent of change? Can I grow my own power or must I wait for this to be authorized by another? This book should be on any reading list that aims to educate people within the social sciences. It applies not only to the education and care sectors but in any context within which our aim is to serve others. With its refined approach to inclusion, this book applies to any culture or nation where there are individuals who put their work in service of their fellow human beings. Courage and love in equal measures has made this book what it is. Read it and be changed.”

Charlotte von Bülow, founder and CEO, Crossfields Institute, Awarding Organisation for specialist qualifications, Stroud, United Kingdom.

“Bringing in her personal and professional experiences with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, political and spiritual beliefs, Julia discusses ‘nine innate deep powers,’ giving concrete examples in her work and suggesting ‘on-the-spot practices’ that can be used to apply these powers. As a counselor, multi-cultural educator, and mother/grandmother of a family with varying abilities, I identify with and will continue to learn from Julia and the people and situations that she describes.”

Dr. Sally Gelardin, AgeSong Community Engagement Director, 
San Francisco, USA.

Applying Deep Democracy to Human Services
By Julia Wolfson, Ph.D.
Eldership Academy Press (2017)
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Deeper into the Soul Back in Stock(Paperback)

More Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care

Elders Academy Press is excited to announce that Deeper into the Soul is Back in Stock.

deeper_cover202Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care
by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press (2008)
124 pages; $13.95-Softcover: Back in Stock!, plus shipping & handling;
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“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

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 the basic existential questions: What are the possible meanings of forgetfulness? What purpose does it serve for both caregiver and the one experiencing forgetfulness?

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A Review of “Deeper into the Soul” by Tru

[*Updated on Feb 26 to include current book availability]

Book cover of Deeper into the Soul by Nader Robert Shabahangi & Bogna Szymkiewicz

Those who work in assisted living are finally listening to the message that Nader Shabahangi has been spreading for years – the value of slowing down and learning from elders.  Following is a review of  “Deeper into the Soul,” a charming book that explains this belief system through different perspectives. It can take a lifetime to really absorb and apply this philosophy and belief system.  It’s worth it.

This review comes from Truthful as posted in August of 2014, on her wonderful blog Truthful Kindness:

Tru here. I deeply appreciated the book “Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care” by Nader Robert Shabahangi PhD and Bogna Szymkiewicz PhD.

Some excerpts from introduction are quoted below:
“In this book we highlight a basic attitudinal shift:

  • Dementia is our teacher.
  • Rather than simply a disease, dementia has purpose and meaning.
  • Rather than being people simply in need of our care, people who forget can teach us about life and living.
  • Rather than a burden, people with dementia offer us an opportunity to deepen ourselves, to go deeper into our souls.” …

And later: “Being with forgetfulness indeed takes us deeper into the soul.  Whether we experience forgetting in others or glimpse it in little moments within ourselves, forgetfulness offers us a gift, if only we are capable of seeing it as such.  Perhaps loss is always a gateway to the real gains …”

And last but not least, this excerpt; “For those who can truly lay aside their aversion or discomfort and learn to accept what is, the gifts of the soul await; equanimity, intimacy with the dream-world and its magical ways, slowing down to the speed of soul essence.”

It took several tries for me to understand the text of this book, but even on the first try I could understand the brief blurb-balloons for the cartoon explanations that go with each page. VERY much appreciated the positive perspective offered by this book. Publisher http://pacificinstitute.org/eldersacademy.php#deeper still has it available $14 (softcover) and $20 (hardcover).

Tru Blog Review of Book “Deeper Into the Soul by Nader Shabahangi and  Bogna Szymkiewicz POSTED ON http://truthfulkindness.com/2014/08/06/bk-deeper/

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Deeper into the Soul is currently available in both hardcover and ebook from Elders Academy Press.
Deeper into the Soul paperback is currently out of stock. Elders Academy Press expects to have it back in stock in April, 2016.

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Encounters of the Real Kind Book 3 Available Now

Encounters of the Real Kind Book 3Elders Academy Press is excited to present the third book in the Encounters of the Real Kind series; a tome of shared stories, poems and musings from the 2013/2014 participants in the Pacific Institute Gero-Wellness Program at AgeSong.

Published by Elders Academy Press Encounters of the Real Kind Book 3 is edited by Nader Shabahangi and sponsored by Pacific Institute. The Pacific Institute would like to thank the participating interns who contributed this most recent book:  Ivy Tiegel, Sue Ann Heron, Robin Pittman, Kelly Guinea, Lily Nguyen, Kyrié Carpenter, Alyson Madigan, Dayne Menardo, Stephanie Rothman, Jessica Plumley, Jacob Engelskirger, Felix Chak, Jessica Owyoung, and Raenika Butler.

The Gero-Wellness Program interns at AgeSong come from a variety of schools and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The participants are interns and doctoral students with backgrounds in psychology, gerontology, counseling, grief and loss support, and human development. Through their practicum experience at AgeSong, they show an authentic interest and passion in their work with the aging population.

The Pacific Institute Gero-Wellness Program interns are part of an engaged movement that views aging with respect and awareness. All elders at AgeSong Eldercare Communities have an opportunity to connect with the interns who provide emotional and therapeutic support individually and/or in group settings.

A Note from the Editor about Encounters of the Real Kind Book 3

AgeSong programming for eldercare seeks to return meaning to aging and “Old Age.” In so doing, the hope is to return to the centrality of meaning in all of our lives.

Meaning is not to be found in either the pure philosophical contemplation of life or just the practical, everyday activities of earning a living. Rather, meaning must be grounded both in concepts and in experience. What makes the Gero-Wellness Program so unique is that students who are learning about the social sciences, such as social work and psychology, can combine these intellectual concepts with the depth of experience presented to them by elders. Residential care settings such as AgeSong provide such opportunities.

AgeSong and its partner Pacific Institute address the marginalization of the elderly in modern society; here, students and interns learn from elders, while in turn elders feel valued and respected for being the teachers they are.

In these stories and poems you can see how the AgeSong Elders are teaching the timeless qualities of being human: being in the moment, in the here and now, relating deeply with others and oneself, being kind and generous, giving and accepting, loving and caring. These ways of being are so very much needed in our modern-day societies, which are increasingly fast paced, materialistic, and cerebral.

Elders show us what our heart needs, what it yearns for. As such, elders may be the solution to many of the problems we face today. All we need to do is listen, to spend time with them. Our lives may never be the same after such encounters of the real kind.

—Nader Shabahangi, Editor, CEO AgeSong

“Days spent as an intern at AgeSong are unpredictable. Any given day may hold moments of joy, connection, challenge, affection, sadness, and delight — often in rapid succession. The experience of being there is collage-like, with many elements co-occurring simultaneously. My arts background gives me the freedom to look at things through my own lens, paralleling the creative freedom memory loss can give some of our forgetful elders. The collages reproduced in this book are visual anecdotes created to process my experience of a day’s worth of encounters with members of the AgeSong community.”

-Ivy Tiegel, MFTi Expressive Arts Therapy Intern

“So how can we come to understand and cherish, accept and love our frail and forgetful seniors? The answer: by appreciating who they are right now—not compared to days, weeks, or years ago. We need to meet and appreciate them as they are today and not worry about yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. We can deal with that as it comes. Most importantly, we need to celebrate who they are now, accept their limitations, and rejoice in what they still have—what Age Song calls “personhood.”

As the educational component of the AgeSong/Pacific Institute collaborative, Pacific Institute actively promotes the recognition of “personhood,” making the experience for residents of AgeSong-managed facilities full and enjoyable. Furthermore, Pacific Institute seeks to spread this philosophy of care to all who desire to connect more intimately with seniors. That philosophy is reflected in these stories, poems, and observations, contributed by our interns. Enjoy them!”

—Peter Szutu, President Pacific Institute

Encounters of the Real Kind: Musings, poetry, stories about elders, forgetfulness and life, Book 3Encounters_cover_front_only

 

Edited by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.

Elders Academy Press (2015)

150 pages; $16.95 Softcover, plus shipping & handling

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Encounters III Now Available: Elders May Be the Solution to Many of the Problems We Face Today

My brother is in the hospital. For the past 40 years, he has been a primary source of support for family, friends and colleagues. Now he needs support. A medical doctor in hospice care, he cares for others. Now he needs care. Doctors lead a fast-paced life, with many responsibilities. My brother was always healthy, rarely sick. Now, recovering from an operation, he has much time on his hands, can read novels, sleep and heal. He now has the unexpected, and not particularly welcome, opportunity to experience what his patients feel.

Elderhood comes suddenly. Most of us are unprepared to manage the challenges of aging. Pacific Institute’s Gerowellness Program educates students in social work and psychology to learn experientially about elders in AgeSong’s assisted living communities. For the past three years, the interns have produced Encounters of the Real Kind: Book III, a book in which they describe their experience through poetry and prose, being with and learning from elders. My brother values meaning. Now, confined to a hospital bed, he has an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of life.

Working with elders is an amazing experience. Every day is meaningful because elders in hospitals or assisted living tend to live in the present. As driven as I am in my professional role, on a daily basis, I learn from my elders, some of whom are my age or younger, how to slow down, listen, breathe, and pay attention to the moment. It’s a dance, and the writings in Encounters of the Real Kind: Book III poignantly describe the dance of being with and learning from AgeSong elders.

Reading and writing about being with elders is a cathartic experience, not something most of us have the time to address in our everyday hustle and bustle. I wouldn’t wish being a hospital patient or living in assisted living on anyone, but I am thankful to have this opportunity to connect deeply with my brother and to work in assisted living environments.

As Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong founder, writes in the introduction to Encounters of the Real Time: Book III:

Elders show us what our heart needs, what it years for. As such, elders may be the solution to many of the problems we face today. Our lives may never be the same after such encounters of the real kind.

Encounters of the Real Kind: Book III will be available soon throughElders Academy Press and through Amazon.com. It is now available at the Front Desk of all the AgeSong communities. For more information, view http://agesong.com and link to a community.

AgeSong Founder Shares with Sutter Staff New View of Eldering

July 23 Sutter Health invited Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong Founder and CEO, and other AgeSong representatives, to share the philosophy and history of AgeSong with Sutter staff. Nader’s presentation included the following key points:

1. Move away from labeling people with such terms as “dementia” or “Alzheimers”.
2. Growing older gives us more clarity and time to form meaningful relationships and understanding what it means “to be human.”
3. As we age, we slow down and live more in the present. We have more time for conversations and “being with,” without distractions, such as cell phones and feeling compelled to move on to the next activity.

The collaboration between AgeSong and Sutter Health brings together AgeSong’s inspirational elder community “beyond assisted living” with Sutter Health, a family of doctors and hospitals, serving more than 100 communities in Northern California.

To prepare for the event, the AgeSong team compiled a video of recent films and a quick exploration of what the elders, carepartners and community as whole do to during the year! Click here to view video.

In addition, AgeSong University community members created for Sutter employees nature bookmarks that accompanied AgeSong’s Elders Academy Press book gifts.

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The Richness of Relationships – Scenarios with Dr Nader Shabahangi, Judy Hess and Stephanie Rothman

The Richness of Relationships – Scenarios of Openness in Practice

In the previous video, The Richness of Relationships, the discussion included a wonderful metaphor on openness. In the heart when a valve is open it brings in fresh oxygen, in a relationship being open brings learning and growth. In this second video, the Richness of Relationships – Scenarios, the discussion veers from the philosophical to the practical. Stephanie starts the session off by asking Nader and Judye “What does it look like in “practice” if a couple were to be very open and aware?”

  

  

Judye and Nader start the discussion with a role play of a Scenario where it does not work…where there is not openness. Scenario 1: Shutting Down the Conversation. In this scenario Nader and Judye work through some steps that can help people to reach a level of openness in a situation. The resulting role-play covers topics such as: Acknowledging the Other Perspective, Seeing Each Other’s Reality, Acknowledging the Other, Comparison Between Two Models, How History Affects the Present, Changing the Pattern and From Default to New Opportunity. Also Nader and Judy discuss how often “Fear is at the Core of Disagreement.” Also they talk about how the discussion is held can affect a positive and open outcome through: Tone of Voice, Body Language and Openness vs. Constriction.

To close they discuss how Openness Exists without Judgment. Openness is there when we are as non-judgmental as we can be and as open to an answer rather than being fearful of what might be behind it.

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The Richness of Relationships Video with Nader Shabahangi, Judye Hess and Stephanie Rothman

The Richness of Relationships – Understanding How they Work and How they Do Not

Nader Shabahangi and Judye Hess, with Stephanie Rothman, in this Richness of Relationships video share a discussion that covers the complex subject of “Relationships.” Judye Hess and Nader Shabahangi have had a relationship for 30 years. They met at California Institute of Integral Studies where Judye was an instructor and Nader was her student. At a recent existential conference Judye and Nader were talking about their mutual lifelong interest in relationships and have teamed up to work on a upcoming book about the Richness of Relationships.

Relationships are rich and everyone does them a little bit differently.

Some of the items that Nader, Judye and Stephanie are addressing here stem from their desire to assist people in understanding how relationships work and how they do not. They ask “Is there a way that we can help the people that come into our lives?” The hope integral to these explorations is the possibility of giving everyone the opportunity to feel ok about their relationship style. Relationships are rich and everyone does them a little bit differently. Nader asks if by exploring the Richness of Relationships we might find out “How can we give people permission to find their own way in terms of relating and not feel wrong for how it is that they relate?”

Some questions they address in this video include: What are relationships for? Are relationships for everybody? Should I be alone or be with somebody?

Nader and Judye open the video with how they got “interested” in relationships. Nader shares a personal anecdote about relationships with the take away his thoughts that being who you are should not be submerged or cut out just because you are in a relationship. How can you find a relationship that still allows you to be who you are? How can you find a relationship that still allows you to be you and still have the benefits of being with somebody.

Relationships are as varied as there are people on this planet, everybody does them differently and there is not one size that fits all. So “Why be in a relationship?” One reason is the differences show us “ourselves.” Only while being with the “other” can we begin to understand who we are.

In this Richness of Relationships video many topics and issues found within relationships are touched upon including: Relationships are Varied, Living Separately, Differences, Relationships as a Spiritual Journey, Pets as Significant Relationships, What Brings Meaning to Life, Accumulation of Hurt, Hurt Builds Walls, “I” Statements, Blame, Owning the Emotion, “I” Statement as a Tool, Ruptures- the Importance of Repair, Acknowledgement and Apology, Repetition Compulsion, Change yourself, Learning about the Self, Different Perceptions about Shared Experiences, Spiritual Development, Acceptance, The Source of Giving, Being Human is not easy, Love, Philosophizing on relationships as a privilege, Measuring the Relationship, Being Open to Change and Uncertainty.

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New Book – Ambiguity of Suffering: Re-introducing a Love of Philosophy to Psychology

Ambiguity of Suffering
by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.
2015, Elders Academy Press
$24.95 Softcover, plus shipping & handling
Email: info@pacificinstitute.org

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Suffering holds one of the deeper meanings of life: the ability to connect with your soul, your deep humanity. This connection with suffering pushes us to become ever more aware. Rather than trying to eliminate suffering, we can celebrate it as an opportunity to deepen who we are. This book is my effort to re-introduce a love of philosophy to psychology. As Suzuki Roshi states, we’re beginning to look again at the world from a place of not knowing rather than knowing — a world full of possibility and probability, as opposed to fact and clarity.

“A clarion call for those of us privileged to call ourselves awareness workers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, process workers and psychiatrists alike. Nader Shabahangi’s words invite us into a challenging dialogue with Freud and Heidegger, two thinkers whose ideas forever changed our way of understanding the inner and outer world. Above all, Ambiguity of Suffering alarms us to awaken from the prevailing narrative of positivism, and to enter a world rich with ambiguity, mystery, and meaning.”
— Troy Piwowarski, Psy.S., LLP, Licensed Psychotherapist

 

“In this inspired re-contextualization of psychological epistemology, Dr. Shabahangi problematizes the very grounds upon which mechanistic influences of human behavior are predicated. Categorical diagnoses of the many forms of human suffering reflect an effort to eradicate pathological mental conditions, and yet, as Dr. Shabahangi demonstrates, the experience of making meaning as a human in the world compels suffering — just as the ambiguity of suffering, and all that accompanies its existential significance, nourishes the meaningfulness of being. From the orientation of Heidegerrian philosophy, Ambiguity outlines historical and present-day mechanistic conceptualizations of the human experience, problematizes a reductive understanding of the human mind and spirit, and advocates for a more holistic conceptualization and treatment of the “problem” of psychopathology.”
— Stephanie Rothman, M.A., doctoral psychology student

From the Preface by Troy Piwowarski, Ph.D.

The legacy of this book – lived through Nader’s teaching, his numerous elder-focused writings, his groundbreaking work in elder care, and ever rippling into new realms of possibility – is evidence of the vibrancy and passion that reside between its pages. This is not surprising, considering that the ideas put forth in this book are essentially a preface to the decades of Nader’s service to elders. Just as Freud’s Project became an underlying treatise for his later intellectual contributions to psychology,parallels abound between this writing and Nader’s later contributions to existential and process-oriented psychology, as well as his revolutionary impact on elder care.

Nader is acknowledged in the field for his promotion of a new language for what is traditionally known as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Beyond simply reframing these phenomena as experiences of “forgetfulness,” this new language is infused with an appreciation of the utter mystery and depth of the forgetting experience, rather than focusing solely on what is tragic.

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Truthful Kindness

Truthful Kindness
June 29 · Edited

I deeply appreciated the book “Deeper into the Soul” (Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care) by Nader Robert Shabahangi PhD and Bogna Szymkiewicz PhD.

Some excerpts from introduction are:
“In this book we highlight a basic attitudinal shift:
* Dementia is our teacher.
* Rather than simply a disease, dementia has purpose and meaning.
* Rather than being people simply in need of our care, people who forget can teach us about life and living.
* Rather than a burden, people with dementia offer us an opportunity to deepen ourselves, to go deeper into our souls. …”

And later: “Being with forgetfulness indeed takes us deeper into the soul. Whether we experience forgetting in others or glimpse it in little moments within ourselves, forgetfulness offers us a gift, if only we are capable of seeing it as such. Perhaps loss is always a gateway to the real gains …”

And last but not least, this excerpt: “For those who can truly lay aside their aversion or discomfort and learn to accept what is, the gifts of the soul await; equanimity, intimacy with the dream-world and its magical ways, slowing down to the speed of soul essence.”

It took several tries for me to understand the text of this book, but even on the first try I could understand the brief blurb-balloons for the cartoon explanations that go with each page. VERY much appreciated the positive perspective offered by this book.

– – Truthful L. Kindness (56 years old with probable Lewy Body Dementia) — with Nader Robert Shabahangi.