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I Know You by Heart: Navigating the Dementia Journey by Angie Swetland is both an informative and inspirational book that explores Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia from an angle I have not read in any related books. Using stories, practical examples, and real-life situations, the author takes readers on a journey toward understanding dementia, exploring its deeper meaning and causes, its toll on a person, the common symptoms, and facts that caregivers need to know so they can easily connect and help people under their care. At the heart of the book is the message of hope that patients with dementia do not lose their minds; their minds simply slip away. Readers will understand that their loved ones have not changed and that deep inside, they are still there. The book proposes a new way of looking at people with dementia and shows an effective strategy for connecting and helping them live their life to the full.
Angie Swetland’s book is a wonderful gift for caregivers and anyone living with patients with Alzheimer’s. The writing is filled with insight and I loved how the author uses the art of storytelling to crystallize the message of this book. The book is well-formatted, allowing readers to easily navigate to sections they like, and the bullet points are just spot-on, making it easy to read. There is a lot to discover and to learn from this book, and I loved how the author conveys the message that people tend to remember things that have emotional content, for instance, and information that relates to things that have always mattered to them and the author’s unmistakable take on muscle memories, even in deep dementia. While I Know You by Heart is deftly written and contains need-to-know information on dementia, it defines a new path to relating with people suffering from the condition and offers hope by showing readers that there is a deeper, more powerful way of connecting with anyone with Alzheimer’s. The author’s voice is compelling, reassuring, and sympathetic. You need this book if you want to understand dementia.