New Release: TEN THOUSAND JOYS & TEN THOUSAND SORROWS
” There is not much we can do about aging or Alzheimer’s, but, as Hoblitzelle reveals here, accepting the condition in which we find ourselves can be a far more positive approach in the long run.”
–His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
“This beautiful book is unlike any other personal account of living with Alzheimer’s disease that I have ever read. After thirty years of practice in this field, it changed the way I think about Alzheimer’s disease.”
–Paul Raia, VP, Clinical Programs, Alzheimer’s Association (Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter)
5.3 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This diagnosis transforms not only their lives, but the lives of the 10.9 million unpaid caregivers and family members responsible for them. As our population ages, these numbers will increase, leaving more families devastated and confused.
Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle has endured the struggles of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, but rather than let the disease consume and define this phase of her life, she chose to take a more proactive approach. She and her husband Harrison (known as Hob) made a pact upon his Alzheimer’s diagnosis to negotiate his illness consciously and lovingly, anchored by their Buddhist practices. In Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s , she shares an intimate account of their journey. In detailing the final phase of their marriage, Hoblitzelle explains how the couple’s unique approach provided them with extraordinary peace, comfort, and courage.
The most important lessons from their journey are highlighted in the reflections and suggestions sections that close each chapter. Together, these sections are certain to be a valuable guide for those impacted by any disease. Hoblitzelle’s advice includes the communication strategies that helped her and Hob explain his illness to others, the activities that helped her handle the stress of caregiving, and the meditations the couple used to connect.
An incredibly wise and uplifting journey, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows will inspire families and caregivers dealing with crisis by showing them a positive way forward.
About the author: Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer, teacher, and therapist. She has devoted her professional life to integrating Buddhist practices with Western medicine. She now lives in Massachusetts and Vermont.
TEN THOUSAND JOYS AND TEN THOUSAND SORROWS
A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s
By Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
Tarcher/Penguin paperback, $16.95
On Sale: September 30, 2010
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