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Dementia - Support for Family and Friends

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ISBN-10: 1849052433

ISBN-13: 9781849052436

Edition: 2012

Authors: Dave Pulsford, Rachel Thompson

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For friends and family members of people with dementia, understanding the condition and coping with the impact it has on their lives can be extremely challenging. This book, written specifically for friends and relatives, explores each stage of the "journey with dementia" and explains not only how it will affect the person with the condition, but also those around them, and how best to offer support and where to get professional and informal assistance. It focuses on the progressive nature of dementia and the issues that can arise as a result, and gives practical advice that can help ensure the best possible quality of life both for the person with dementia and the people around them.A…    
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction: About This Book
Becoming Acquainted with Dementia
What is dementia?
The extent of dementia worldwide
Dementia in 'minority groups'
Can dementia be treated, cured or prevented?
The goals of supporting a person with dementia: quality of life and well-being
Being a family member or friend of a person with dementia
The basis of supporting a person with dementia: dementia empathy
What family members and friends need to support a person with dementia
How this book can help
Someone Close to Me May Have Dementia: Assessment, Diagnosis and Types of Dementia
Identifying dementia
The first signs of dementia
How people with dementia react to the onset of the condition
Diagnosing dementia
Why is diagnosis important and why do many people with dementia not receive a diagnosis?
Should the person with dementia be told the diagnosis?
After the diagnosis
The main types of dementia
Young-onset dementia
Neurological diseases that may include dementia among their symptoms
Beginning the Journey: The Early Phase of Dementia
The characteristics of early dementia
Dementia empathy and early dementia
Awareness and capacity in early dementia
Planning for the future
Maintaining relationships and keeping active in the phase of early dementia
Compiling a life story
Intimacy and sexuality
Maintaining and giving up independence in the early phase of dementia
Health and social care support for people with early dementia, their families and friends
Family members and friends: looking after oneself and each other
More Help Needed: The Phase of Moderate Dementia
The characteristics of moderate dementia
Where do people with moderate dementia live?
The changing nature of relationships
Communication and language in moderate dementia
Social and leisure activities for people with moderate dementia
Summary: principles of promoting activity with people with moderate dementia
The Challenges of Moderate Dementia
Behaviour that others find difficult
When the person lacks awareness that their actions will put them at risk of coming to harm
When the person's manner and actions indicate that they are in distress
When the person behaves in ways that are socially inappropriate
When the person tries to get their needs met by behaving aggressively or with hostility
When the person seems to be unwilling to accept help from others
The role of medication
Summary: how should family members and friends respond when they find a person's manner and actions difficult?
Challenges to eating and drinking
Meeting continence needs
Sleep disturbances
Professional support for people with moderate dementia, their families and friends
When people with dementia are admitted to hospital
Vulnerability and abuse
The Decision: Considering Residential Care for People with Dementia
Perceptions of residential care
What is residential care?
The decision
Choosing a care home
What should be expected of a care home?
Visiting a care home
Making the transition
Staying involved
Issues with residential care
Concerns about standards of care
Conclusion: care homes are places to live!
Completing the Journey: The Phase of Advanced Dementia
The characteristics of advanced dementia
Well-being and ill-being in advanced dementia
Relationships with a person with advanced dementia
Communication in advanced dementia
Activity and advanced dementia
Helping people with advanced dementia with activities of daily living
Approaching the end of life
The End of Life
What is meant by 'end of life'?
What causes death among people with dementia?
The feelings of family members and friends as end of life approaches
How would we want to die?
Dementia and end of life care
A good death?
Support after death
Conclusion: Suffering from Dementia or Living with Dementia?
Resources for Families and Friends