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Author Gerrard, Nicci.

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

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  616.831 GER    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf
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 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  616.831 GER    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  616.8 GER    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  616.831 GERRARD    Check Shelf

Description 254 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-252).
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
From the award-winning journalist and author, a lyrical, raw and humane investigation of dementia that explores both the journeys of the people who live with the condition and those of their loved ones
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.
Subject Gerrard, John, -2014.
Dementia -- Patients -- Biography.
Dementia -- Patients -- Care.
Dementia -- Social aspects.
Dementia -- Patients. (OCoLC)fst00890057
Dementia -- Patients -- Care. (OCoLC)fst00890058
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Gerrard, Nicci, The last ocean New York : Penguin Press, 2019. 9780525521976 (DLC) 2019022661
ISBN 9780525521969 (hardcover)
0525521968 (hardcover)
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