PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Dilemmas of Dementia Diagnoses2. Receiving the Diagnosis3. Personhood4. What Is Friendship?5. When Our Friends Travel the Dementia Road6. Dementia Fear and Anxiety7. Beyond Fear and Anxiety8. The Flourishing Community9. Congregations as Schools for Friendship10. The Things That Abide11. Practicing Friendship in the "Thin Places"12. Memory, Forgetting, and the Present TimeDiscussion QuestionsNotesReferencesIndex
Susan H. McFadden is professor emerita of psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She writes extensively on aging, religion, and spirituality. John T. McFadden is Memory Care Chaplain at the Appleton Health Care Center.
A serious, scholarly, and sensitive book. -- Mary Gergen * PsycCRITIQUES * This must-read volume will inspire the reader to contemplate the call to care for others with self-giving love. Highly recommended. * Choice * This is not a how-to handbook but a kindly and perhaps over-optimistic general discussion that will be of interest to caregivers, particularly Americans, and particularly those coming from a religious background. The rest of us can all gain something from it too, however... Aging Together reminds us that warmth and friendship can be maintained in trying situations. -- Martin Guha * International Psychogeriatrics * Readable and useful...Anyone who wants to teach, practise or encourage person-centred care for people with dementia will find a lot in this book. -- Ibadete Fetahu * Nursing Times * This is not just a book about ageing, dementia, and friendship; it is a book that will take the reader on a journey that will, hopefully, leave them in a better place than where they started... An excellent account of travelling along the dementia road. -- Kathryn Mitchell * Ageing and Society * A compelling call to arms for a more caring, related society-a flourishing community-from which all can benefit, and in which all have a part to play. -- Justine McGovern LMSW * Journal of Gerontological Social Work * Aging Together offers a prophetic perspective by challenging our socially constructed versions of reality and our tendency to look for medical miracles and cures. Instead we should work to create communities that are hospitable to the cognitively impaired. -- Anthony B. Robinson * Christian Century *