Hearing the Person with Dementia

Author: Bernie McCarthy
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857004994
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Losing the ability to communicate can be a frustrating and difficult experience for people with dementia, their families and carers. As the disease progresses, the person with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to express themselves clearly, and to understand what others say. Written with both family and professional carers in mind, this book clearly explains what happens to communication as dementia progresses, how this may affect an individual's memory, language and senses, and how carers might need to adapt their approach as a result. Advocating a person-centred approach to dementia care, the author describes methods of verbal and non-verbal communication, techniques for communicating with people who can not speak or move easily, and strategies for communicating more effectively in specific day-to-day situations, including at mealtimes, whilst helping the person with dementia to bathe or dress, and whilst out and about. Exercises at the end of each chapter encourage the carer to reflect on their learning and apply it to their own circumstances, and guidelines for creating a life story with the person with dementia as a means of promoting good communication are also included. This concise, practical book is essential reading for family caregivers, professional care staff, and all those who work with, or who are training to work with, people with dementia.

Dementia

Author: Dave Pulsford
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849052433
Format: PDF
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This comprehensive yet accessible book, written specifically for friends and relatives, offers practical advice and support that can help ensure the best possible quality of life for people with dementia and the people around them.

Stop Living in Isolation

Author: Keith N. Darrow
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780999370100
Format: PDF, ePub
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Aging is inevitable, but decline is optional. In this 'tell-all' book, M.I.T. and Harvard Medical School trained Neuroscientist Dr. Keith Darrow, PhD, reveals the science to maintaining independence and increasing social engagement as we age. With over 20+ years of experiencing working with patients and their families, he details documented ways to reduce the risks of developing dementia and exposes the devastating impacts of untreated hearing loss on cognitive function. This book answers the 20 most common questions regarding living in isolation, exploring options for the medical treatment of hearing loss, and proven benefits of NeuroTechnology on increasing physical and mental health.There are many daunting facts about aging: everyday 10,000 people turn 65 years young, every 3-4 seconds another person is diagnosed with the mind-robbing disease of dementia, hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition affecting seniors, people with hearing impairment are at a 200-500% increased risk of developing dementia, and the rates of depression, social isolation and sedentary lifestyle significantly increase with age. Yet active aging and the early treatment of hearing loss can provide today¿s seniors with better overall health, increased cognitive function, increased security, and a maximized quality of life.

Dementia

Author: Ellen Hickey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351596446
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Person-centered care for persons with dementia has been developed and expanded over the last few decades. Speech-language pathologists are uniquely positioned to understand the striking impact that communication challenges have on persons with dementia and their caregivers, and can lead the charge to improve access to communication and participation. This volume serves as a starting point and reference manual for those who want to provide person-centered and life-enhancing services to persons with dementia, and to inspire the continued generation of quality research to demonstrate the value of cognitive-communication, behavioral, and caregiver interventions. It serves as a call to action for an interprofessional team of healthcare providers across healthcare settings to promote meaningful life engagement in persons with dementia using evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches. This volume provides background on the evolution of caring for persons with dementia, as well as a description of the diagnostic process for dementia syndromes and the cognitive and communication characteristics of dementias with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s dementia. Its chapters cover the person-centered assessment process for persons with cognitive and communicative disorders of dementias; intervention approaches for the wide variety of cognitive, communicative, eating/swallowing, and behavioral symptoms and consequences of dementia syndromes; reimbursement and documentation issues for various settings in which persons with dementia are seen; and issues and challenges of quality of life and end-of-life care.

A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care

Author: Karrie Marshall
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784502065
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How can carers and relatives support a person's identity, relationships and emotional wellbeing through changes that occur in the later stages of dementia? Drawing on over ten years' experience of working with people with dementia, Karrie Marshall provides a toolkit of tried and tested creative activities to support communication and relationships. Activities are vast and varied, with outdoor activities such as bird-watching and star-gazing aimed at supporting physical health, artistic activities such as collage creation to support identity, and musical activities such as sounds and voice warm-ups to support self-expression. Marshall also sensitively covers end of life care for people with dementia, explaining how emotional support can be provided through gentle breathing activities and even puppetry, as well as covering the legal importance of power of attorney.

Montessori based Activities for Persons with Dementia

Author: Cameron J. Camp
Publisher: Myers Research Inst
ISBN: 9781933829005
Format: PDF
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Expand your activity programming with all new Montessori-based activities for people with dementia. A follow-up to the popular first book, Volume 2 promotes increased opportunities for socialization and interaction. The book includes intergenerational programming, group activities, ideas especially for men, and sensory stimulation exercises. Also, range-of-motion and self-care activities for enhancing restorative nursing and rehabilitation are described. Step-by-step instructions and tips for extension and adaptation are provided for all 38 activities.

Creativity and Communication in Persons with Dementia

Author: Claire Craig
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857003010
Format: PDF
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Providing people with dementia with opportunities to engage in creative activity can play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing communication, and in reinforcing personhood and identity. This thoughtful book describes how people with dementia, and the people who work with and care for them, can foster and develop a creative approach, and provides rich and varied ideas for creative activities. The authors explore the concept of creativity - what exactly it is, its particular relevance for people with dementia and how to get into the creative 'flow'. They introduce a range of creative art forms, including poetry and story-telling, collage, drama, music-making, photography, textiles and working with wood and metal, and suggest possibilities for employing them in a range of settings, and with people of all abilities. Consideration is given to the practicalities of facilitating such creative work, including how to organise and run sessions, how to involve people with dementia and their carers, and how to reflect upon the experience. Practice examples are included throughout the book, as well as the comments and observations of people with dementia, and many examples of the artwork and poetry the authors have created with people with dementia over the years. Brimming with ideas, suggestions and helpful guidance, this is an essential resource for all those who work with people with dementia, and an inspiring read for people with dementia and their families.

Contented Dementia

Author: Oliver James
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407028871
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness. A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, Contented Dementia provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.