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Losing Clive to younger onset dementia: one family's story

Losing Clive to younger onset dementia: one family's story

Beaumont, Helen

Clive Beaumont was diagnosed with early onset dementia at age 45. Clive's wife, Helen, tells of how she and the rest of the family made it through the next six years until Clive died

Book. English.
Published London: Jessica Kingsley, 2009
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Helen Beaumont ; foreword by Robin Jacoby
ISBN: 1843104806, 9781843104803
Note: Book Prescription Scheme: Dementia.
Note: Books on Prescription: Dementia.
Physical Description: 144 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Beaumont, Helen.; Presenile dementia Patients Great Britain Biography.; Presenile dementia Patients Family relationships.; Beaumont, Clive Mental health.; Beaumont, Clive Family.
Added Entry: Books on Prescription Scheme : Dementia.; Book Prescription Scheme : Dementia.

Contents

  1. Foreword.
  2. 1. Beginnings.
  3. 2. The Old Clive.
  4. 3. Diagnosis.
  5. 4. Dealing with the Diagnosis.
  6. 5. Coping with Dementia.
  7. 6. Sinking.
  8. 7. Nursing Homes.
  9. 8. Final Harbour.
  10. 9. The Start of the Clive Project.
  11. 10. The Present.

Author note

Helen Beaumont is a founder member of The Clive Project (www.thecliveproject.org.uk), a registered charity based in Oxfordshire and named after her husband. She lives in Oxfordshire with her two children.

Reviews

This book is as engaging and enlightening as it is poignant and tragic, I personally could not put it down, I was so drawn to the heady mixture of its compelling human story, coupled with an easy, conversational readability. This book belongs to the burgeoning genre in mental health writing of client/user (or in this case, carer) narrative, and adds in no little way to that body of authority, especially covering the much less heralded arena (both clinically and in terms of publicity) of younger onset dementia.||

Clive's wife Helen lays bare each raw aspect of her husband's condition and treatment: the tardy arrival of a proper diagnosis, the way Clive was shedding his life skills just as their children were acquiring theirs, the bewildering prejudices of the benefits system and the grief of having to find long-term care for him outside the home.

Heartfelt, yet unsentimental, the result is a rare and illuminating account of trying to live and cope with this shattering condition.

For anyone trying to understand the problems of dementia in younger people, this excellent book should be the first thing on their reading list.