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Will I Still be Me?: Finding a Continuing Sense of Self in the Lived Experience of Dementia.


Will I Still be Me?: Finding a Continuing Sense of Self in the Lived Experience of Dementia

Christine Bryden

Jessica Kingsley Publishers


142 pages



Bryden, who was diagnosed with dementia in 1995 and became a dementia advocate, argues that there is a continuing sense of self throughout the experience of dementia and examines the traditional idea of the loss of self in dementia. She examines her inner history of self to provide an insider's perspective and alternative insights on this idea of the loss of self. She explores the concept of a continuing sense of self through embodied relationships within the community, in relationships with others through a sense of meaning in the present. She discusses the idea of embodiment, the concept of a relational self as an embodied self in relationships with others, the concept of a narrative self that finds meaning in life and develops a sense of identity in the present moment, and how the community can support and include those with dementia. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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