Living with Dementia

A practical guide for families and personal carers

Edited by: Esther Chang, Amanda Johnson

Living with Dementia provides a sensitive, direct, and highly accessible insight into the complexities and challenges that a diagnosis of dementia presents. The book's contributors represent academics, practicing nurses, aged care professionals, and family advocates. The book offers evidence-based research supported by clear learning outcomes, key terms, real-world vignettes, and practical strategies to assist caregivers, paid and unpaid, whether in the home or in residential care settings. Practical advice on how to manage everyday activities - including feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, and how to cope with challenging behavior - is provided. The importance of recognizing the needs of the whole person and providing for mental stimulation and spirituality are also addressed. A basic understanding of standard medical approaches is offset by an appreciation of complementary therapies, and the role of communication, care for the dying, as well as self-care, are fundamental to this concise yet far-reaching guide. Whether caring for a loved one or working within the aged care sector, Living with Dementia will assist the reader in moving beyond the negative perceptions and will enable a meaningful life for the person with dementia, within the limitations of the disease.

240 pages

Publication Date: 7/1/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781742860442