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As a yoga teacher and yoga therapist I thought this was an excellent book. It gives techniques that will be helpful both for people who have dementia and for those who care for them. Some techniques are very simple, others are more involved. There are suggestions for people newly diagnosed and for those with more advanced dementia. Tania obviously has a lot of experience and is able to communicate it clearly. I throughly recommend this book.
I remember doing some yoga with my father-in-law a few years ago. He had Lewy Body dementia, with Parkinson's. It was magical the way he relaxed and became present. This book contains a wealth of information, knowledge and wisdom to help people access that magic. It's impressive in its breadth and depth, on yoga, on dementia, and, well, life! I recommend it highly.
This book changed my perspective on dementia and gave me huge insight into how our minds work as we age. it took away my fear of getting older and empowered me to face the future with hope. It helped me when planning my charity SPID's program for older residents on council estates. It also gave me a way to manage my own mind and feelings in a way that will benefit everyone I live and work with. Writing this kind, brave and intelligent is rarely so easy to read. I can not praise author Tania Plahay enough.
I enjoyed reading this book looking at the photos and illustrations. It is very well written with easy to follow instructions for anyone interested in the field of yoga and how it can help those with dementia. Also good for yoga teaching and those looking to work with older people and people in nursing homes who can greatly benefit from yoga. I would highly recommend this book.
This is truly a beautifully written book of yoga for dementia. I am a board-certified anesthesiologist in Japan and registered yoga teacher. My husband, who is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, and I provide yoga for people with dementia mainly in nursing homes as an activity.
Japan is one of the fastest aging societies in this world. It is said that one in three people in Japan will be more than sixty-five years old from 2025. Although families traditionally have been and still are the major provider of aid and support for their members in times of need, providing care for a family member with dementia is a progressively overwhelming experience for the caregiver. Dementia care-giving has been associated with increased levels of depression, anxiety, and anger; higher use of psychoactive medications; worse physical health and immune function; and increased mortality rate (Schulz, O’Brien, Bookwala, & Fleissner, 1995; Schulz, Visintainer, & Williamson, 1990).
So, the viewpoint of caring for the caregiver is as important as caring for the people with dementia. Tania Plahay's work is some of the most important knowledge in our aging world today for helping people understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for not only yoga teachers but also for all readers including patients themselves and their caregivers. Based on her life experience as a caregiver for her family and as a skilled practitioner and instructor of yoga, she provides evidence-based and practical knowledge about how to manage difficult situations caused by dementia.
This book is a must-read to reduce stress in this aging society.