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The last ocean : a journey through memory and forgetting / Nicci Gerrard.

  • Gerrard, Nicci
Date
2019
  • Books

About this work

Description

"From the award-winning journalist and author, a lyrical, raw, and humane investigation of dementia that explores both the journey of the person who lives with the condition and that of their loved ones. Diagnosed with dementia, Nicci Gerrard's father, John, continued to live life on his own terms, alongside the disease. But when an isolating hospital stay precipitated a dramatic turn for the worse, Gerrard, an award-winning journalist and author, recognized that it was not just the disease, but misguided protocol and harmful practice that cause pain at the end of life. Inspired by his memory to seek a better course for all who suffer with the disease and those who love them, Gerrard became a relentless campaigner. The last ocean is Gerrard's attempt to investigate what dementia does to both the person who lives with the condition and to their caregivers. Dementia is now one of the leading causes of death in the West, and this necessary book will offer both comfort and a map to those walking through it. While she begins with her father's long slip into forgetting, the writing expands to elegantly investigate dementia writ large. It's a raw but literary look at caring for someone who has been robbed of their selfhood. Gerrard gives shape both to the unimaginable loss of one's own faculties, as well as to the pain of their loved ones. Her lens is unflinching, but Gerrard takes great pains to honor her subjects and to find the beauty and the humanity in their seemingly diminished states"--

Publication/Creation

New York : Penguin Press, 2019.

Physical description

254 pages ; 22 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-252).

Contents

Beginnings -- Facing up -- Getting older -- The brain, the mind and the self -- Memory and forgetting -- The diagnosis -- Shame -- The carers -- Connecting through the arts -- Home -- The later stages -- Hospitals -- At the end -- Saying goodbye -- Death -- Beginnings again.

Type/Technique

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

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    History of Medicine
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ISBN

  • 9780525521969
  • 0525521968