Works of Love Newsletter
Happy New Year!
Resolving to help others can yield just as many health benefits as the more traditional new year's resolutions! Read about the Best new year's resolutions in the Oakland Press.
Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People
Most of you know that I have been teaching medical humanities and compassionate care over these past 35 years at med schools (Chicago, Case, Stony Brook). The new book out with Johns Hopkins University Press (May 2022) is doing very well. Entitled Dignity of Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease. I am grateful to everyone who endorsed it, including an old friend from St. Paul's School, Charlie Scribner, and the Dalai Lama.
"As a son who experienced up close the painful yet precious course of Alzheimer's over two decades, I wish I had had the benefit of Dr Post's book at hand. In this most enlightening study of the mystery of human dignity and identity under siege, he lifts the veil on that dreaded disease and provides insights, explanations, and hope for retaining the connections that count. Those unexpected, seemingly miraculous glimmers of the beloved as 'through a glass darkly' are here illumined, both scientifically and spiritually, as we confront our ultimate humanity - and human potential - face to face."
The Dalai Lama wrote:
"I am pleased to see that the noted author Dr. Stephen G. Post is addressing themes such as consciousness and interconnectedness in his new book, which will contribute to the flourishing of humanity."
Amazon Review Excerpts
"In its entirety, this scholarly book is a gift that honors our humanity at every stage in life, particularly when mental capacity wanes. The ethics and principles in it can readily apply to all vulnerable groups."
"In a time where the patient narrative is very much in danger, Dr. Stephen Post grounds us with his work about forgetful people in need of advocacy, empathy, and compassion. His reflections and recommendations successfully highlight the need of this ever-growing patient population, and just how we can make a positive difference in their lives, and in many cases, our own lives."
"As an academic family physician & geriatrician I highly recommend this book for the professional as well as the caretaker. The title of the book alone initiates a new language permitting discussion of the deeply forgetful in a positive and productive light."
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