Skip to main content
Back to Results
Cover image of Forget Memory

Forget Memory

Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia

Anne Davis Basting

Publication Date
Binding Type

Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting’s study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humor, and emotional...

Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting’s study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humor, and emotional connection; translates into accessible language a wide range of provocative academic works on memory; and addresses how advances in medical research and clinical practice are already pushing radical changes in care for persons with dementia.

Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting's cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss.

Reviews

Reviews

The further I read the more impressed I became with Ann Basting's book.

An outstanding survey for both health and general collections.

Challenges conceptions of what is possible with memory loss... of special importance in Basting's book are the several chapters dedicated to programs that awaken imagination and explor what is possible for people with dementia.

This book challenges the dreaded stigma attached to dementia by advocating news ways of thinking, and illustrates this with successful projects across the U.S.A.

See All Reviews
About

Book Details

Publication Date
Status
Available
Trim Size
6
x
9
Pages
224
ISBN
9780801892509
Illustration Description
19 halftones
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Dementia Is Hard, but It Needn't Be This Hard
Part One: Understanding Our Fears about Dementia
1. What Is (and Isn't) Memory? How a Better Understanding of Memory Might Ease Our

Preface
Introduction: Dementia Is Hard, but It Needn't Be This Hard
Part One: Understanding Our Fears about Dementia
1. What Is (and Isn't) Memory? How a Better Understanding of Memory Might Ease Our Fears about Its Loss
2. The Danger of Stories: How Stereotypes and the Stigma of Aging and Dementia Can Hurt Us
Part Two: The Stories We Tell About Dementia in Popular Culture
3. Memory Loss in the Mainstream: Tightly Told Tragedies of Dementia with Science as Hero
4. Tightly Told Tragedies of Dementia: Then versus Now
5. Not So Tightly Tragic: Stories That Imagine Something More
6. Not Tragic at All: Stories about Memory Loss without the Old
7. All of the Above: Denny Crane as the Clown of Dementia
Part Three: Moving Through Fear: Stories about Dementia that Inspire Hope
8. StoryCorps and the Memory Loss Initiative
9. Memory Bridge
10. To Whom I May Concern
11. TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project
12. Songwriting Works
13. Dance: "Respect" and "Sea of Heartbreak"
14. The Visual Arts
15. Duplex Planet: The Art of Conversation
16. The Photography of Wing Young Huie
17. Autobiographies by People with Dementia
Conclusion: How and Why to Move through Our Fears about Dementia
Appendixes
A. Program Description and Contact Information
B. Recipes from Chapter 1
C. Images and Stories of Dementia
D. Timeline of Stories and Events in the Recent History of Dementia
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Anne Davis Basting
Featured Contributor

Anne Davis Basting, Ph.D.

Anne Davis Basting is the director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she is also an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the Peck School of the Arts. Her published works include The Stages of Age and The Arts and Dementia Care: A Resource Guide.
Resources

Additional Resources