An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party Prequel ~ New Volume II ~ Focusing on the Early and Intermediate Stages


Volume II in Print and eBook



This second volume,  “AN ALZHEIMER’S SURPRISE PARTY PREQUEL”, helps families and professional caregivers hone acute observation skills which aid compassionate awareness of patients’ inner experience of dementia. Researchers Tom Richards and Stan Tomandl present a profound example of an Alzheimer’s patient working on himself psychologically, and communicating in meaningful ways with family and friends. They demonstrate outcomes that include psychological, soulful, and spiritual growth processes, and healing, both within the inner Alzheimer’s dementia experience, and for family, friends, and caregivers. Included are intimate, heartfelt, and intense personal experiences enhanced with concise observations, process structure, and learning exercises, making this an exceptional training tool for caregivers of people in early and intermediate stages of Alzheimer’s.

An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party Prequel: Unveiling the Mystery, Inner Experience, and Gifts of Dementia from the Beginning (Click on title to go to bookstore)


Compassionate understanding, help, and hope for dementia patients, family members, friends, and professional caregivers:

Volume One ~ An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party offers new hope, exceptional insight, and practical training for working with people in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s includingremote, altered, comatose, and end of life states of consciousness. Second Edition 2009.

Volume Two ~ An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party Prequel offers surprising and thought provoking insight, down to earth advice, and practical training for working with patients and their families dealing with early and intermediate stages of Alzheimer’s dementia. First Edition 2010.


NEW: Interview with Tom Richards, co-author of An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party

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“This book is revolutionary in providing hope and meaning for patients, relatives, friends, caregivers and professionals in the management of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

Consultant Psychiatrist, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland

Preview the Preface to An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party by Dr. Rosemary Shinkwin

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“Informative, practical, as well as touching and extremely meaningful . . . Thank you so much for doing this work!”

DRS. ARNOLD & AMY MINDELL,Founders of Process Oriented Psychology



“Speaking as a professional psychologist, teacher, and trainer, I highly recommend An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party as an exceptional training tool not only for professionals, but also for family members, friends and caregivers.

It is exceptional because Tom and Stan have made it interactive. They do not simply present abstract psychological concepts, but develop detailed reality based personal experiences enhanced with clear concise observations, structure, and learning.

Their style of presentation alternates back and forth between human experience and observation, all within a phased structure that sharpens the reader’s experiences even further. This technique helped me differentiate my own observations, go deeper into my own inner experiences, deeper into my learning, and added depth to my teaching.

And this style even makes it a great resource for the nonprofessional lay person who may shy away from psychology or get turned off by psychological concepts.

As a training tool this book is both timely and essential and could help transform the way people interpret and respond to patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

Faculty Member and Trainer, Process Work Institute of Portland, Oregon

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  • Alzheimer’s
  • dementia
  • delirium
  • senile
  • senility
  • senile dementia
  • vascular dementia
  • confusion
  • forgetfulness
  • stroke
  • memory loss
  • coma
  • communication
  • Arnold Mindell
  • process work
  • process oriented psychology
  • awareness
  • sentient awareness
  • sentient care
  • prevention






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