As the year draws to a close let’s take a look at some of the new additions to the library. The following titles were all published in 2019 and can be found in our eCollection or if
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Namaste Care for People Living with Advanced Dementia/ Nicola Kendall (2019)
The Namaste Care approach is focused on giving comfort and pleasure to people with advanced dementia through sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch. This book provides extensive guidance on each stage of this process, including harnessing community interest, recruiting and training volunteers, and managing pain and discomfort.
This practical guide is a timely reminder of the power and value of informal care and compassionate communities in helping to care better for people with dementia, and would be of interest to carers, professionals and family members.
Memory-wise : how memory works and what to do when it doesn’t / Anne Unkenstein (2019)
It’s common to be concerned about memory lapses, but how do you know if memory difficulties are normal or the beginnings of something more serious? Can dementia be prevented? Memory-wise explains how memory works and the changes that can occur as we age. It explains the sort of health, attitude and lifestyle factors that can lead to fluctuation in memory and provides practical tips to minimise their effects. Based on current research, Memory-wise examines memory during menopause and includes easy-to-follow suggestions for maintaining brain health, along with strategies for supporting memory in early dementia. We can all become more confident in managing memory.
Faithful As She Fades : A Memoir of Love and Dementia / Robert Fischbach (2019)
Faithful As She Fades is the first-person account of Robert Fischbach’s journey as a caregiver to his beloved wife diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Having vowed to her that he would refrain from putting her in a facility, Bob found himself as the sole caretaker (until well into his wife’s illness) of a woman with whom he had raised two children and shared a long and happy marriage. From growing up Jewish in New York, to meeting his Janie and raising their two sons, Fischbach takes the reader on a heartfelt, emotional, sometimes funny and always moving journey through the decades he spent with his wife–and then through the near-decade in which he slowly had to let her go.
Montessori Method for Connecting to People with Dementia: A Creative Guide to Communication and Engagement in Dementia Care / Tom Brenner & Karen Brenner (2019)
Creative activities can support people with dementia, leading to moments of reconnection and joy. This book shows how the Montessori method – with its arts-based, person-centred and positive focus – can help caregivers connect to people with dementia.
Drawing on 20 years of experience, Tom and Karen Brenner explain the philosophy of the Montessori method, provide clearly-written steps to follow when applying it, and share a wealth of case studies and stories from their personal work using this method with people with dementia.
Clinician’s guide to non-pharmacological dementia therapies. / Daniel Nightingale (2019)
The book outlines a range of non-pharmacological therapies clinicians can adopt in their daily practice and sets out information and advice on each therapy and how to implement them in practice, illustrated with case studies and practical examples and drawing on the author’s own clinical work.
Many different therapies are discussed including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and farm and ranch therapy. Each has been chosen for its own particular benefits, including early stage dementia and rarer forms, while others can be applied more generally.
Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s / Jamie Tyrone (2019)
Jamie Tyrone was forty-nine years old when she learned she had a genetic predisposition toward Alzheimer’s disease—in fact, her genes translated to a 91 percent chance that she would contract the disease during her lifetime. Surprised by the way she learned of the diagnosis through genetic testing, and painfully familiar with Alzheimer’s because of her family history and her experience as a nurse, Jamie felt as if she had a ticking time-bomb inside her, ready to go off at any moment.
Dementia reimagined : building a life of joy and dignity from beginning to end / Tia Powell (2019)
Reimagining Dementia is a moving combination of medicine and memoir, peeling back the untold history of dementia, from the story of Solomon Fuller, a black doctor whose research at the turn of the twentieth century anticipated important aspects of what we know about dementia today. In demystifying dementia, Dr. Powell helps us understand it with clearer eyes, from the point of view of both physician and caregiver. Ultimately, she wants us all to know that dementia is not only about loss–it’s also about the preservation of dignity and hope”
What dementia teaches us about love / Nicci Gerrard (2019)
After her own father’s death from dementia, the writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean, for those who live with it, and those who care for them?
This truthful, humane book is an attempt to understand. It is filled with stories, both moving and optimistic: from those living with dementia to those planning the end of life, from the scientists unlocking the mysteries of the brain to the therapists using art and music to enrich the lives of individuals, from the campaigners battling for greater compassion in care to the families trying to make sense of this ‘incomprehensible de-creation of the self’. It explores memory, language, identity, ageing and the notion of what it truly means to care.
Using Technology in Dementia Care: A Guide to Technology Solutions for Everyday Living / by Arlene Astell, Sarah Kate Smith and Phil Joddrell (2019)
Many new pieces of technology can be beneficial to individuals living with dementia, including both hardware and software. This straightforward guide summarises the current research on this growing topic, and gives practical advice on how available technology can be used to improve the everyday lives of people with dementia.
Looking at a range of available products, such as off-the-shelf computers and smartphones, to dementia specific applications and programs, it also addresses some common obstacles and barriers faced when introducing technology in dementia care.
Dementia friendly worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities / Edited by Virginia Biggar, Lynda Everman and Steven M. Rabbi Glazer (2019)
Religious faith can often be a source of reassurance for individuals and families facing dementia, yet many faith leaders lack the know-how to adapt their ministries to help this group to draw comfort from their faith. Compiled by around 50 different authors, this collection represents diverse faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Native American, and how each tradition can offer support to people with dementia. Providing an understanding of the cognitive, communicative and physical abilities of people with dementia, it shows what chaplains, clergy and lay persons can do to engage with them through worship.
Evidence-based practice in dementia for nurses and nursing students / edited by Karen Harrison Dening ; foreword by Alistair Burns. (2019)
Each of the 25 chapters are written by experts in the field of dementia care and are grounded in thoroughly researched, up-to-date evidence, have a direct bearing to nurse practice, and use case studies to give examples of application of the evidence to practice. It begins by introducing dementia as a diagnosis, a syndrome, and a set of diseases, signs and symptoms. It then deals with various principles that underpin dementia care,
including person-centred care, behaviours that challenge, risk management, and understanding relationships affected by dementia. Finally, it assesses dementia care across a range of care settings, such as primary care, care homes, domiciliary care, acute hospital, and hospice services.
Be With Letters to a Carer / Mike Barnes (2019)
Poet Mike Barnes has spent years caring for his mother, Mary, through the stages of moderate, severe, very severe and late-stage Alzheimer’s. In an eloquent series of letters, addressed to an anonymous long-term dementia carer, he transforms his own increasingly challenging experience into a wellspring of clarity and understanding, support and solace.
This is no ordinary practical care guide. Using bite-sized paragraphs perfectly designed for harried carers to dip into, Barnes tells a compelling personal story that unfolds a side of dementia almost entirely missing from public discussion:
‘All people with dementia, and some of them strikingly, show depths of sensitive awareness, resilience rising to heroism, and a capacity for joyful relatedness.’
Communication skills for effective dementia care : a practical guide to communication and interaction training (CAIT) / edited by Ian Andrew James and Laura Gibbons (2019)
Effective communication is critical for everyone, and this insightful book teaches the skills needed by healthcare staff in their day-to-day interactions with people with dementia and their families. Often when people with dementia exhibit behaviour that challenges, it is an indication that their needs are not being met. The authors illustrate the key aspects of communication for the development of a skilled and confident workforce, capable of providing thoroughly effective care that reduces levels of agitation in people with dementia.
Dear Alzheimer’s : a diary of living with dementia / Keith Oliver (2019)
Keith Oliver was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2010, and has since become a leading activist for dementia care, and an international speaker. Telling his story through a diary format, this book gives an unparalleled insight into what day-to-day life with dementia is like, and how he continued to live a full life after diagnosis.
Art therapy with older adults : connected and empowered / Erin Partridge (2019)
Advocating for a more collaborative approach to art-making, the author presents approaches and directives designed to facilitate community engagement, stimulate intellectual and emotional exploration, and promote a sense of individual and collective empowerment. Relevant to community, assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia-care environments, it includes detailed case studies and ideas for using art therapy to tackle stigma around stroke symptoms and dementia, encourage increased interactions between older adults in care homes, promote resilience, and much more.
CLEAR Dementia Care : a model to assess and address unmet needs / Dr. Frances Duffy (2019)
he CLEAR Dementia Care (c) model is an effective method of assessing behaviour that challenges, through an understanding that such behaviour may be a way of communicating unmet needs. This book explains the many factors that contribute to challenging behaviour and how a greater understanding of this can enhance quality of life and lead to better care for the person with dementia in both hospital and residential settings.
Practical Nutrition and Hydration for Dementia Friendly Mealtimes / Lee Martin (2019)
Due to the related cognitive decline, the majority of people with dementia will experience a reduction in mealtime abilities at some stage of the disease. Changes in mealtime abilities can lead to malnutrition and related issues for the person with dementia, and feelings of powerlessness and worry for carers. Despite this, there is a current lack of information on how to deal with this complex issue. In this accessible guide, Lee Martin offers simple, practical and cost-effective solutions to ensure healthy and enjoyable eating for people with dementia. Presenting clinical advice in everyday language, this is the perfect book for unpaid carers and healthcare professionals alike.