Penguin/Avery Books, by John Zeisel, Ph.D.
A revolutionary new approach to Alzheimer’s care, focusing on a person’s strengths to maintain connections with others and the world
There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease— though it can be treated. For the last fifteen years, John Zeisel, Ph.D. has spearheaded a movement to treat Alzheimer’s non-pharmacologically by focusing on the mind’s strengths.
I’m Still Here is a guidebook to Dr. Zeisel’s treatment ideas, showing the possibility and benefits of connecting with an Alzheimer’s patient through their abilities that don’t diminish with time, such as understanding music, art, facial expressions, and touch. By harnessing these capacities, and by using other strategies, it’s possible to offer the person a quality life with connection to others and to the world.
"I'm Still Here is a startling, uncompromising, and deeply compassionate look at how we care for people living with Alzheimer's. It overflows with insight, practical advice, inspiration, and hope."
- DAVID HYDE PIERCE, actor and Alzheimer's advocate
"I'm Still Here offers a revolutionary yet pragmatic map for the compassionate care of people with cognitive impairments like Alzheimer's disease. John Zeisel's brilliant, soft-spoken, and heartwarming manifesto is a must read for anyone whose life involves helping someone with these special needs, a guide to new ways to connect to the person, not the disease."
- DANIEL GOLEMAN, author of Emotional Intelligence
W. W. Norton; Revised edition, by John Zeisel, PhD
Foreward by John P. Eberhard
This update of a classic text folds the new field of neuroscience for design into well-established environment-behavior (E-B) methods and approaches.
Illustrated evidence-based building and open space case studies demonstrate E-B’s continuing design impact. Fundamental theory and practical research methods are presented for planning, programming, designing, and evaluating the effects of physical environments in use. Part I describes how designers and researchers employ a similar creative process that promotes collaboration and yields greater design creativity and research effectiveness. Part II focuses on research methods to understand how buildings and spaces work: observing behavior and the physical environment, asking questions in interviews and surveys, and employing archival records that include data and physical plans.