Travelers to Unimaginable Lands: Stories of Dementia, the Caregiver, and the Human Brain

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Random House
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7.4 X 11.0 X 1.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Dasha Kiper is the consulting clinical director of support groups at CaringKind (formerly the Alzheimer's Association) and holds an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University. She works with dementia patients and caregivers.


"This book will forever change the way we see people with dementia disorders--and the people who care for them. Dasha Kiper compassionately illuminates the complex bond between us and our loved ones suffering from cognitive decline, surprising us with what we can learn about ourselves through this experience and the ways our own minds both deceive us and make us uniquely human."--Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

"How do we cope with those who have lost something as profound as the 'normal' sense of self? Travelers to Unimaginable Lands is a compassionate and insightful book about dementia and its startling effects."--Roz Chast, author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

"Stirring, persuasive, and memorable . . . an eloquent and gripping book about personalities and the dances between them, exposing what dementia reveals about both the patient and the caretaker."--David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Stanford, author of Livewired

"This book--richly endowed with experience and wisdom--is a treasure. It provides those who care for the neurologically impaired the comfort of empathic insight into their own problematic behavior. Like no other book, it examines how taking care of the impaired mind affects one's own mind and sets up an internal struggle that reveals something fundamental about the human brain. I predict a long life for Travelers to Unimaginable Lands for anyone interested in or intimately involved with those afflicted by dementia."--Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments

"Filled with insights and clinical jewels from start to finish, this book has much to teach us about the brain, our emotions, and the self. It is a treasure."--from the foreword by Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself

"Dasha Kiper's exhilarating and enlightening book offers sensitive, intimate portraits of Alzheimer's caregivers and their loved ones, enhanced by an informed tour of the mind and how it works. I can think of no other book that covers the challenges caregivers face--the 'fine, nearly impossible, line' they must walk--with such insight and understanding. For them, Kiper provides a priceless way to find the meaning in the journey and to feel less alone."--Robert Kolker, author of Hidden Valley Road