Capturing Keith Oliver's journey from diagnosis to the present day, this empowering book combines reflective diary entries with retrospective pieces to provide a unique insight into life with dementia
How to live a full and rewarding life after a dementia diagnosis.
Keith Oliver was diagnosed with young onset dementia at the age of 55. Unaware at the time that dementia could affect people of this age, Keith set out to increase public awareness of the condition and dispel the myths about the illness.
Using a unique diary format, this intimate and empowering memoir captures what everyday life with dementia is like, offering both a candid look at its struggles, and a profoundly moving account of Keith's journey to live a full life afterwards.
A candid, moving account from a courageous man - this book gives thoughtful and at times heart-breaking insight into living with dementia.
In this book, Keith Oliver proves himself a worthy rival to his adversary 'Alzheimer's', to whom his annual letters are written. The book presents extracts from Keith's diary of the years since his diagnosis, interspersed with the annual letters - a combination of real-time and reflective writing that works beautifully. Add to this an interview about his writing, a play script and a postscript poem, and you have a rich mix about a full life which continues despite the best efforts of dementia. Keith does not hide his struggles and self-doubt but his appreciation for life and affection for others shine through, all delivered with a wry sense of humour.
I was so pleased to see that I made it into the list of "supporting cast" at the beginning of this book because Keith Oliver has certainly played a major part in helping me make sense of dementia. I have worked as a clinician and an academic in dementia care for over 30 years but this book makes sense of dementia in the context of a life well lived. Because of Keith I don't fear getting dementia as much. I don't want the little memory slips I experience to be early signs of dementia but, if they are, reading how Keith has coped makes me think maybe I could too. I highly recommend this book to all involved in supporting people diagnosed with dementia as well as those directly affected.
What a delightful and uniquely written insight into dementia by Keith Oliver, highlighting it is possible to live more positively with dementia than everyone once thought. Through his diary, which at times, felt like being 'on the inside' of a play, we have been given a rich and meaningful view of his life, and of dementia. I highly recommend Keith's book, including suggesting it is added to your local library collection.
In a novel diary format, Keith records the daily ups and downs of his struggles with dementia. His honesty and courage is refreshing and insightful, throughout this enriching and powerful book, which needs to be read by all people seeking a diagnosis, families, as well as service providers and researchers.
From quiet beginnings of disbelief at the diagnosis to the loud voice of an activist. Keith's diaries show how with the love and support of those around you, the darkness of a diagnosis can turn into the sunlight of new beginnings even with dementia in tow.
Keith Oliver was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2010, and has since become a leading advocate and activist for dementia and is a national and international speaker. He is an Alzheimer's Society Ambassador and he was the first person with dementia to address the UN Committee on human rights and disability.