What the hell happened to my brain?

Author: Kate Swaffer

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784500739

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 340

View: 1800

Kate Swaffer was just 49 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of younger onset dementia. In this book, she offers an all-too-rare first-hand insight into that experience, sounding a clarion call for change in how we ensure a better quality of life for people with dementia. Kate describes vividly her experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory difficulties, loss of independence, leaving long-term employment, the impact on her teenage sons, and the enormous impact of the dementia diagnosis on her sense of self. Never shying away from difficult issues, she tackles head-on stigma, inadequacies in care and support, and the media's role in perpetuating myths about dementia, suggesting ways in which we can include and empower people with the diagnosis. She also reflects on the ways in which her writing and dementia advocacy work have taken her on a process of self-discovery and enabled her to develop a new and meaningful personal identity. Kate's powerful words will challenge misconceptions about dementia, and open our eyes to new ways of supporting people with the diagnosis. A must read for people with dementia and their families as well as for professionals and carers.

HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia

Author: Rens Brankaert,Gail Kenning

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 303032835X

Category: Computers

Page: 355

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Old age is currently the greatest risk factor for developing dementia. Since older people make up a larger portion of the population than ever before, the resulting increase in the incidence of dementia presents a major challenge for society. Dementia is complex and multifaceted and impacts not only the person with the diagnosis but also those caring for them and society as a whole. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design and development are pivotal in enabling people with dementia to live well and be supported in the communities around them. HCI is increasingly addressing the need for inclusivity and accessibility in the design and development of new technologies, interfaces, systems, services, and tools. Using interdisciplinary approaches HCI engages with the complexities and ‘messiness’ of real-world design spaces to provide novel perspectives and new ways of addressing the challenge of dementia and multi-stakeholder needs. HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia brings together the work of international experts, designers and researchers working across disciplines. It provides methodologies, methods and frameworks, approaches to participatory engagement and case studies showing how technology can impact the lives of people living with dementia and those around them. It includes examples of how to conduct dementia research and design in-context in the field of HCI, ethically and effectively and how these issues transcend the design space of dementia to inform HCI design and technology development more broadly. The book is valuable for and aimed at designers, researchers, scholars and caregivers that work with vulnerable groups like people with dementia, and those directly impacted.

Reader's Block

Author: Matthew Rubery

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 150363342X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 359

View: 2652

What does the term "reading" mean? Matthew Rubery's exploration of the influence neurodivergence has on the ways individuals read asks us to consider that there may be no one definition. This alternative history of reading tells the stories of "atypical" readers and the impact had on their lives by neurological conditions affecting their ability to make sense of the printed word: from dyslexia, hyperlexia, and alexia to synesthesia, hallucinations, and dementia. Rubery's focus on neurodiversity aims to transform our understanding of the very concept of reading. Drawing on personal testimonies gathered from literature, film, life writing, social media, medical case studies, and other sources to express how cognitive differences have shaped people's experiences both on and off the page, Rubery contends that there is no single activity known as reading. Instead, there are multiple ways of reading (and, for that matter, not reading) despite the ease with which we use the term. Pushing us to rethink what it means to read, Reader's Block moves toward an understanding of reading as a spectrum that is capacious enough to accommodate the full range of activities documented in this fascinating and highly original book. Read it from cover to cover, out of sequence, or piecemeal. Read it upside down, sideways, or in a mirror. For just as there is no right way to read, there is no right way to read this book. What matters is that you are doing something with it—something that Rubery proposes should be called "reading."

the Roommate Mistake

Author: Elizabeth Stevens

Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Books

ISBN: 192592856X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 179

View: 7889

When I find a half-naked guy standing in my dormitory at my new boarding school, I assume he’s my roommate’s boyfriend. He introduces himself as Alex and I introduce myself as Lottie. When he tells me he’s Sasha and was expecting Elliott, I see what happened. Someone knew I was a girl or he was a guy, and made some glaringly incorrect assumptions about the other one, meaning we were assigned as roommates. The new dorm mistress tells us we’re stuck with each other, at least for the short-term. What starts out as playful ribbing between my studious self and the ripped jock becomes something a little more friendly as his friends take me in as one of their own. Soon, I’m their ticket to the ways of the female heart. But not my heart. Because, I mean, no one falls in love just because of a roommate mistake. For those Keeping Up Appearances and Accidentally Perfect fans, here's a return to that style and vein. You’ll find this story is a bit of a combination of the two – there’s a bit more swearing than KUA, but it’s a little cleaner than AP. Like both, it’s about growing up, finding and accepting yourself, being with people who bring out the best in you, and getting the guy that you might not think you want but that you need and, more importantly, needs you. Hope you enjoy. Please be aware that this story is set in Australia and therefore uses Australian English spelling and syntax. Not recommended for younger readers due to mature content.

Demon Kissed

Author: Karilyn Bentley

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc

ISBN: 1509205624

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 3424

Gin Crawford, the world's latest demon huntress, has no time to mourn her dead lover as she's called in to determine why a demon attack occurred at the local medical school. And not just any demon, but the one demon that gives her demon-killing bracelet the shivers. A dead professor, a lab full of missing anthrax, and a demon who turns good people into minions complicate her life. Can Gin and her mentor Aidan Smythe solve the mystery of the missing anthrax and the identity of the demon before someone else dies?

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Book 2)

Author: Jane Linfoot

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000819050X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 1441

St Aidan: a cosy Cornish village where friendships are made for life and it’s always cocktail hour somewhere... ‘A pure delight...fabulous, fun and unforgettable’ – Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe


Author: Diana Gardin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1538762609

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 1990

This Navy SEAL is putting his life - and heart - on the line to protect a woman on the run, but her dangerous secret threatens to destroy them both in this high-octane novel that proves "no one does romantic suspense like Diana Gardin" (Susan Stoker, New York Times bestselling author). I'm a Navy SEAL and a member of the elite Night Eagle Security team, so you better believe I take every one of my missions seriously. But this one is different. I'm protecting Frannie - she's beautiful, fiercely independent, and on the run from her criminal ex-husband. I know he's dangerous, that he'll do anything to get Frannie back. But there's no way I'll ever let that happen... Trouble is, I can tell Frannie is hiding something from me. Something big. Since she barely got away from her ex alive, I understand that she's wary, but I can't help her if she doesn't let me in. And no matter how badly I want a future with her, I swore I'd never allow myself to be with someone who doesn't trust me. But when Frannie's secret comes out, I have to decide whether her betrayal is enough to make me walk away...or if I'll protect the woman I love no matter the cost.

The Curse of the Arcadian Stone: Nameless Fay (Vol. 2 Broken Fate)

Author: S. R. Breaker

Publisher: Zeta Indie Publishing


Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 140

View: 3488

She literally had one job. For over three thousand years, a nameless forest fairy dubbed "Magenta" has been duty-bound to protect the most powerful relic in the land of Arcadia. But when the legendary relic falls into the hands of Josh Richards, a rogue stranger from Earth, there is no more hiding its immense power from all manner of potential threats. And while possession of a mythical relic can indeed gain you allies, Josh and Magenta quickly learn that it can also make you enemies just as fast. It’s a big, wide, dangerous world outside the forest. Continue on this journey through a mysterious, mystical land… A second-world classic fantasy adventure. "Broken Fate" is Volume 2 in S. R. Breaker’s new novella series "The Curse of the Arcadian Stone: Nameless Fay." For lovers of epic fantasy, adventure, and easy to read feel-good stories. Short books for busy people. If you like Neil Gaiman's "Stardust" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" with a quirky twist, you’ll enjoy this offbeat, fast-paced YA epic fantasy adventure. Offbeat, quirky, easy reading fantasy and science fiction. Check out other books by S. R. Breaker.

The Last Mile

Author: David Baldacci

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 145558648X

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 4375

When a convicted killer is saved by another man's confession, Amos Decker, now an FBI special task force detective, must find the truth in this "utterly absorbing" #1 New York Times bestseller (Associated Press). Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.

I Just Need You

Author: J. Nathan

Publisher: J. Nathan


Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 6605

Kresley Studying abroad was my chance to gain independence away from my privileged life in California. But, when there’s a kidnapping attempt on my life, I’m forced to return home to finish college. I just never expected to get stuck with a pompous, know-it-all bodyguard who watches my every move with nothing but disdain. One whose good looks don’t soften the cold, impenetrable wall he wears like armor. Tristan I pride myself on being a professional and taking my job as a bodyguard seriously. But, nothing could prepare me for the high maintenance, rich girl I’m hired to protect. She’s got a smart mouth, is hell-bent on pushing my buttons, and doesn’t take the threats against her seriously. And despite the nightmares that plague her dreams, or the fact that I’m the only one who knows about them, I’m not there to befriend her. I’m there to protect her…no matter how much she intrigues me. Jabs will be exchanged, glares will become the norm, jealousy will rear its ugly head, and sparks...well those damn things will inevitably fly. But will it all come with a dangerous price?