Things

That Help

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Can we learn from Fred Rogers and Breaking Bad?

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How about  the book "The 36 Hour Day" and "The Green Mile? " Or, "Longmire" and "Eckhart Tolle? "

 

Yes!  Wisdom can be learned from all sources.  We may miss some of the wisest teachers we are ever given if we look only in places we expect to find answers. 

That said, not everything listed in "Things That Help" are directly related to dementia and our role as caregivers.  Have an open heart to all forms of information.  An open heart opens all doors. 

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MY MOVIE PICKS FOR 2021 & FOREVER 

Filmed from the perspective of a father with dementia.  This film not only hits home, but hits it out of the park!  

Two Academy Awards, oodles of nominations.  Bring Kleenex.

Superbly done.  You won't be disappointed.  PROMISE

THE FATHER

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Thank you, Deborah C., Member, for this suggestion!

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This is a WWOW!

Thank you, Conrad L., Member, for this suggestion!

BOOKS THAT RECENTLY TIPPED ME OVER
IN A GOOD WAY

Posted in recent Newsletter

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AMOR TOWLES

As always, I listen to AUDIBLE.  This terrific book is offered on Audible, performed/narrated by talented individuals.  Well worth your time.

Thank you, Susan B., Member

for these suggestions!

ALSO BY ARMOR TOWLES

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STEPHEN KING

"If It Bleeds, It Leads."  This is an insensitive Press cliche, but it explains this title. TRY NOT TO BE TOO AFRAID OF STEPHEN KING.  He wrote phenomenal books not all of gore 'n gutts, i.e., "11/22/63" is about time travel and the assasination of JFK.  "The Shawshank Redemption," and "The Green Mile."  So see? 😉

"If it Bleeds" is a super great continuation of the "Mr. Mercedes" series, terrifically read by Will Patton who made the fragile yet genius character Holly Gibney a favorite. 

 

This SAMPLE is from the 3 additional short stories included with "If It Bleeds."  This is from "Mr. Harrigan's Cell Phone," narrated by the fabulous Will Patton. I liked each story!

A Short Story, 1 hour, 47 min.  I am a John Lithgow fan and BOY he does a roaringly wonderful job narrating.  I smiled and laughed out loud.  FUN!

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Books

Yep, I have read every book, watched every movie, documentary,

and series listed in this section. 

Otherwise, I would not recommend them.

It took decades to accomplish, but I did it.  -Vic

Education Specific to Dementia

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The 36-Hour Day

By Nancy Mace &

Peter V Rabins

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What to Do Between
the Tears

By Tara Reed

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When Reasoning No Longer works

By Angel Smits

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When a Family Member Has Dementia

By Susan M. McCurry

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Alzheimer's Through
The Stages

By Mary Moller

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It's Not That Simple

By Pam Ostrowski

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Year on Planet Alzheimer

By Carolyne Steele

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Learning to Speak Alzheimer's

By R N Butler, M.D.

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Alzheimer's Caregiver's Handbook

By Sally Burbank & Sue Bell

Deeper Contemplation

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Why am I suggesting these little books?  Because words matter,

and here's the proof. 

The Experiment

Different words were written on

beakers of water, even projected thoughts. 

Then they were frozen. 

And what happened was astonishing.

What we say as caregivers matters.

What we say to one another matters. 

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DR. MARASU EMOTO

By Thich Nhat Hanh

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By Thich Nhat Hanh

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By Thich Nhat Hanh

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Grief Guidance

Thoughtful & Engaging

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The Boys in the Boat

By Daniel James Brown

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Still Alice

By Lisa Genova

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

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Merle's Door

By Ted Kerasote

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The Bonesetter's Daughter

By Amy Tan

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The Faulty in Our Stars

By John Green

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The Girl You Left Behind

By Jojo Moyes

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After You

By Jojo Moyes

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Still Me

By Jojo Moyes

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ALL books by Jodi Taylor are outstanding.  Highy recommend LISTENING on Audible.  These stories come alive with top rate performances.  

"The St. Mary's Chronicles" 

Fun, accurate Historical Fiction, fun and funny as hell.  You're in for a wonderful wild ride.

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Cookbooks for Good Mental Health

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The END of Alzheimer's

By Dale E. Bredsen, MD

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The Plant Paradox

 

By Dr. Steven Gundry, MD

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The Plat Paradox
COOKBOOK

By Dr. Steve Gundry, MD

THINGS TO KNOW
 

Audiobooks/Audible & PodCast Recommendations

Vic's Top Pics to build Character
. . . as a Caregiver, as a human being

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The Art of Exceptional Living

By Jim Rohn

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Cultivating an Unshakable Character

By Jim Rohn

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The Power of Vulnerability
& PODCASTS
(Also see Brick by Brick Segment)

By Brene Brown

Please go to BRICK BY BRICK for more on this topic.

All experiences can help us grow and change
Become a student of your own life.
Don’t miss the sights, the colors, the books,
the movies, or conversation.

Jim Rohn

 

Documentaries

Compassionate Education

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Glen Campbell - I'll Be Me
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Backing Out of Time
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Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Beautifully written.

Beautifully performed~

SUBSCRIBE
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Won't You Be My Neighbor
SUBSCRIBE
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The Alzheimer's Project
SUBSCRIBE
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Do You Know What My Name Is?

Dementia Education Video Links (Click on the Title)

A Needed Break & Total Escape -
(with teaspoons of humor)

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"These books have been THE BEST escape in the midst of caring for my Mom.  They probably saved my life~"

-Vic

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EACH book hooks you from the

first paragraph! Exceptional stories and writing.  

Brilliant British humor at its best.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's, read on your own or listen on Audible. 

More Total Escape
(with heavy tablespoons of contemplation)

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AMOR TOWLES

As always, I listen to AUDIBLE.  This terrific book is offered on Audible, performed/narrated by talented individuals.  Well worth your time.

ALSO BY AMOR TOWLES

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STEPHEN KING

"If It Bleeds, It Leads."  This phrase is an insensitive cliche used by the Press, but it explains this title. 

TRY NOT TO BE TOO AFRAID OF STEPHEN KING.  He wrote phenomenal books not all of gore 'n gutts, i.e., "11/22/63" is about time travel and the assasination of JFK.  "The Shawshank Redemption," and "The Green Mile."  So see? 😉

"If it Bleeds" is a super great continuation of the "Mr. Mercedes" series, terrifically read by Will Patton who made the fragile yet genius character Holly Gibbs a favorite. 

3 short stories in "If It Bleeds."

I liked each one. 

This sample is for "Mr. Harrigan's Phone," a short story included.  Will Patton narrates.

A Short Story, 1 hour, 47 min.  I am a John Lithgow fan and BOY he does a roaringly wonderful job narrating.  I smiled and laughed out loud.  FUN!

I am constantly adding to our list of resources.  If you are in FULL ACCESS, I will publish your suggestions after I have read, seen or listened! 

 
 

TV Shows

Fun, Provocative & Thoughtful

 

How in the world can these help us be better caregivers?

1)   There is always a take-away in good programming.  Always.

2)   There is always a need for a break as a caregiver.

3)   Each program taught me something about me and caregiving.  

4)   Every lesson is tranferrable to the rest of our lives.

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Downton Abbey

Available on Prime

"Just like Sara Lee, nobody doesn't like

Downton Abbey!"

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Yellowstone

Available on Prime/HBO

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Steve Martin &
Martin Short

Available on Netflix

"An Evening You Will F

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Longmire

Available on Netflix

LEARN MORE
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Bosch

Available on Hulu

LEARN MORE
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Justified

Available on Netflix

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Goliath

Available on Amazon Video

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Blacklist

Available on Netflix and Amazon Video

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Breaking Bad

Available on Netflix and Amazon Video