A stunning 10th anniversary edition of Rev. Dr Jade C. Angelica’s beloved memoir and pastoral guide for those who love someone with Alzheimer's. Foreword by Dr. Stephen G. Post.

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Product Code: 5952
ISBN: 9781558969308
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Pages: 436
Size: 8.5 x 5.5
Published Date: 10/29/2024
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Price: $20.00

The November 2024 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

A stunning 10th anniversary edition of Rev. Dr. Jade C. Angelica’s beloved memoir and pastoral guide for those who love someone with Alzheimer's. With a new foreword by Dr. Stephen G. Post. In 2001, Jade C. Angelica's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and thus began a surprising and transformative journey for both mother and daughter. From the early stages of the disease until her mother died, Angelica was dedicated to her mother's care. In that time she learned about grief, relationship, the nature of selfhood, and the unexpected blessings of Alzheimer's disease. She also found a purpose and embarked on her life's work—to teach that people with Alzheimer's can have meaningful lives, relationships, joy, and growth. Where Two Worlds Touch is both a memoir and a pastoral guide for those who love someone with Alzheimer's. It offers heartfelt wisdom on preserving connection, self-care, and staying open to the possibility of grace.

In this updated 10th anniversary edition of her beloved book, Angelica adds more learnings from her years in Alzheimer’s ministry and important discoveries from the world of science. She draws on interfaith theological and spiritual resources, historical information, medical research, social context, and practical know-how from professional and family caregivers, as well as her own life’s story to provide a life-changing resource for those who need its gifts.

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I. In the Beginning
1. Awakening
2. Accepting and Improvising
3. Waiting and Preparing

II. Into the Heart of Alzheimer’s
4. Healing When There Is No Cure
Caregiving . . .
. . . and Hope
5. The Value and Beauty of Every Person
6. Redefining Self
The Embodied Self
The Emotional Self
The Cognitive Self
The Relational Self
The Spiritual Self
7. Into Our Hands

III. Spirit-Inspired Caring
8. Points of Surrender
9. The Dance of Yes and No
10. The Sacrament of the Present Moment
11. Gifts from the Alzheimer’s Journey

IV. Believing in Relationship
12. Emotion and Memory
13. Time Enough
. . . for Meeting
. . . for Discovery and Surprise
. . . for Joy
. . . for Healing
14. The Last Word

V. Looking Back, Walking On
15. Forgetting, Forgiving, Reconciling
Forgiving God
Forgiving Ourselves
Healing Wounds from the Past
Forgiving Each Other
Forgiving Abusers
16. Nourishing Compassion
17. Re-imagining Survival
l 18. Companionship on the Journey

VI. Resources for Caregivers
Reflection Questions
Spiritual Practices
For Further Reading
Caregivers Making a Difference and Finding Meaning


For more than twenty years, I have been immersed in rich learning about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. Combining my academic inquiry, my experience as a spiritual director, and my personal encounters with people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, I write as a spiritual companion for family caregivers and anyone who loves someone with Alzheimer’s. Where Two Worlds Touch is unique among Alzheimer’s resources in that it describes the experience of caregiving through the lens of a spiritual journey—my journey—revealing how this challenging experience has the potential to lead us through Alzheimer’s into healing and wholeness, revealing how this journey invites us to recognize various worlds touching: the worlds of science and spirit, the worlds of healing and the arts, the worlds of loss and gratitude, the worlds of suffering and meaning, and most importantly our personal worlds touching the alternate but very real worlds of our loved ones. By embracing people with Alzheimer’s with open hearts, compassionate presence, and holy vision, it’s possible that caregivers on this sacred journey will bear witness to the transforming power of Alzheimer’s, as I did. It’s also possible that caregivers will notice and receive unexpected gifts, and experience awe and gratitude for the ways that Alzheimer’s can touch our hearts and transform our lives.

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