Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Book About Mindfulness, Alzheimer's, and Dementia

I have not been very good about posting lately . . . 

The good news is I just signed a contract with New Harbinger Publications to write a book about a topic very close to my heart. 'The Liberated Caregiver: A Mindfulness-Based Guide to Stress-Free Alzheimer's and Dementia Care' (working title).

My hope is that the book will be helpful to those who need mindfulness the most - in my opinion - the family and professional caregivers tending to those with dementia. I have spent the last several years honing the curriculum which I now teach at UCSF OSHER Center for Integrative Medicine, and the timing seemed right for sharing it more widely.

It has been a work a love, and not a day goes by without me thinking about my mother whose legacy lives on in my work with those with Alzheimer's and dementia and their caregivers.

It has also been quite a crusade, as the mainstream is only now waking up to the importance of offering a dementia-specific mindfulness training for caregivers.

Last, it has been a collaborative effort involving all the people along the way who have contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this work. I am especially grateful to Dr. Kevin Barrows, at UCSF, for taking such an active role and interest in the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care program. 


  1. Best wishes for this new book writing.

  2. Congratulations! Best wishes in this endeavor.

  3. Dear Marguerite,

    I was going on and on typing out the whining i.e. blaming and complaining that were going on and on in my head. The dementia-inducing humour that leads me in enso circles, is that there was once a girl that reminded me of you, i.e. I know her in person before I read this blog. Since I'm a Buddhist Zen student myself when she, i.e. her name and face, keeps appearing in my emotional awareness, a certain juncture like this what is technically vipasanna romance from the angle of a meditator, is now somehow or rather a soft fetter or a mental affliction that is ingrained over the months or years.

    When what i already have is what i need, and what i already need is what i have, it is gladdening that I read about you snagging a deal that publishes a book about Mindfulness, Alzheimer's, and Dementia. I see this as wholesome dharmic activity.

    With a little bit of dispassion, there's a towering Buddhist statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in Sanya, China, one of the most beautiful creations of our modern God, might give you something to do on a late night googling about a statue that reminds of you or vice versa.

    With gentle compassion, from a student of mindfulness, that simply rejoices in the smile of a bodhisattva he endears.

    I don't want to miss out on your published book, yet I won't need a printed copy for myself without a author's signature.. sometimes I like PDF books more environmentally friendly.. take care, godspeed, with metta.. a little love, muacks muacks, keep up all the good work love reading your blog as always

    Sadhu sadhu sadhu

  4. Congratulations to you! More people will help through your book.

  5. First of all Congratulations to you. I am just telling you that your initiative will help lots of others. You may not realize it but it will. Trust me.

  6. This book really helps for dementia and alzheimer's disease caregivers.

    Dementia Clinic

  7. Wondeful news on the book! All the very best for the writing and editing... Such a rich topic, which I'm sure will support and benefit many. May it be a smooth, rewarding and deeply enjoyable process. I look forward to reading it when it comes out...
    Kind regards

  8. As someone who has worked with patient with dementia I know how much mindfulness is needed and how much it could improve the lives of their caretakers. I am so happy to hear bout your book. Good luck with everything.