An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party: Unveiling the Mystery, Inner Experience, and Gifts of Dementia ~ NEW BOOK


In An Alzheimer’s Surprise Party researchers Tom Richards and Stan Tomandl propose that people with Alzheimer’s dementia are not spiraling downward into “mindless pathology” as commonly believed, but are human beings in deep inner states of consciousness, parallel realities, that may reveal important and meaningful experiences for them, their families, and for society.
By applying new sentient communication skills and meticulously documenting their twenty …

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States of Altered Consciousness

States of altered consciousness in regard to palliative, aging, and end of life processes include states of forgetfulness, confusion, high drama, agitation, aggressive behavior, delirium, dementia, and other remote states. Applying Sentient Care to these states helps shed light on their mysterious nature making them more useful and less intimidating to patients, family members, friends, caregivers, and the community.
For patients and care facility residents this means the opportunity of knowing …

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

Question:  Alzheimer’s disease is devastating for individuals, caregivers, and families. What message does your research have for these folks?
“Our research explores the mystery, and dispels the stigma, of Alzheimer’s dementia by revealing its potential for meaningful communication, intimate relationship, and spiritual healing. We offer hope and meaning in the midst of one of life’s scariest and most difficult processes.”
Question:   How do you do that? How do you work with …

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Eldership and Advocacy in Palliative Care

Exploring Personal Barriers
to Social Action and Spiritual Healing
in Palliative Care Situations
Presented by Tom Richards
International Association of Process Oriented Psychology
IAPOP 2010 Conference
Description of Transcript

This Process Work research paper inspires eldership and practical advocacy in senior care situations and institutions; chronicling facilitation experiences, dilemmas, ghost roles, breakthroughs, and practical recommendations. Personal barriers may include:
●working with a senior on a symptom, relationship issue, or deep inner state of consciousness …

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Ten Near Death and Coma Work Tips for Helpers and Family

Some of the tips we provide below may be useful for helpers and family who ponder what to do in end of life states. Follow these tips if they are useful, but please don’t use these suggestions as commandments.
Please value feeling skills or meta-skills (feeling attitudes that you bring with your deeply centered presence) as much as skills.
There are no firm procedures and may never be any fixed rules in …

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Beginning with the industrial revolution and now well into the feminist movement both men and women have been taken out of the home resulting in lost teachings and lost mentoring for all ages. We at Sentient Care have been privileged to be called upon to offer mentoring for adolescents to seniors. It is a sacred responsibility and the rewards extend from the individual to family, community and the environment for …

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Coma Work and Palliative Care

Coma Work and Palliative Care is an introductory communication skills manual for people living in delirium, dementia, coma, and end of life processes.
This is a definitive resource for communication techniques and care etiquette in these difficult and sacred situations.
Remote, minimally responsive states of consciousness do not equate with lack of sensitivity. On the contrary, people in these very far out remote states of altered consciousness can be very delicate and …

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Eldership: A Celebration

Tom Richards demonstrates the use of sentient caring skills to encourage eldership in seniors. He shows how to inspire stories, blessings, sacred space, dreams, beauty, and spiritual experiences ~ the treasures of eldership ~ from our seniors, many of whom are “stuck” in states of confusion, memory loss, high drama, delusion, delirium, dementia, Alzheimer’s, end of life processes, and even coma. They too often lack the awareness and communication skills …

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Tom Richards

Tom Richards evolved from a corporate executive with thirty-two years of experience in the health care industry, to a mentor, researcher, author, and consultant working with individual health issues, patient advocacy, and people in deep inner states of consciousness. Tom also serves as a Prayer Chaplain, and Prayer Chaplain trainer, for Unity on the North Shore in Evanston, Illinois.
Tom is author of The Healing Power of Awareness: How to Recover …

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