Pandemic Challenges for Dementia-Friendly Communities

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Pandemic Challenges for Dementia-Friendly Communities

On October 31, 2019, I submitted the final manuscript to Jessica Kingsley Publishers for my book titled Dementia-Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them. None of us could have guessed that four months from that date, the world would be enduring the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. All my ideas about the creative ways people could make their communities more inclusive and welcoming for people living with dementia, as well as their carers, were suddenly disrupted. Early in the book, I described how many people living with a dementia diagnosis were disrupting frightening assumptions about dementia...

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All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum

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All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum

As we get ready to release All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum, which is a beautiful new edition of bestseller All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, we spoke with author Kathy Hoopmann to find out more about what changes have been made, and why an update was needed. What’s in a name?  A lot actually.  In 2006, I wrote All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome with the express purpose to demystify the diagnosis in a fun, easy-to-read format.  In 2013, the diagnostic tool used by professionals in the United States (the DSM5) eliminated the term Asperger Syndrome and placed it under the generic umbrella of Autism...

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