Communication and the Care of People with Dementia / Edition 1

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This book argues that communication is at the heart of all approaches to dementia care, and is an in-depth exploration of ways of establishing and developing communication with people with dementia. It examines both the nature of dementia as a condition and the subjective experience of those affected. The authors consider in detail how communication between people with dementia and those who care for them changes, and how it can be maintained and enhanced. They include a significant amount of material quoted from people with dementia, and suggest ways of interpreting their words and actions. We learn about what it might be like to have dementia, and what sort of help is needed by people in this situation. Throughout the book the authors address the ethical issues and the implications for practice.

Communication and the Care of People with Dementia is a key resource for students and professionals in health and social care work, including those in such fields as social work, nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, clinical psychology, geriatric medicine, and the management of services.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335207749
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/19/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Basics
1 Conversations with Alice: 'A far fetch' 7
2 Personhood: 'The truth is mine, not yours' 12
3 Nonverbal communication: 'I just want to hold and hold you one minute' 44
4 Language: 'Words can make or break you' 65
5 Memory: 'Playing in the House of Ages' 93
6 Interpretation: 'After all, what is this lump of matter if you can't make sense of it?' 116
Pt. 2 Practicalities
7 Making contact: 'To get us into a normal situation' 147
8 Developing the interaction: 'With you I am putting things together' 162
9 Endings: 'With regard to silence, I think it should be observed' 180
10 Writing: 'It's a good idea, this writing it down' 191
Pt. 3 Themes
11 Narrative: 'I want to make up my story for myself' 211
12 Relationships: 'I like us being with us' 230
13 Awareness: 'I'm thinking ... when I'm not saying anything' 256
Pt. 4 Implications
14 Implications for care: 'I need help, yes. But it's the way that it's done' 285
15 Ethical implications: 'What I want to know is, what is this doing for you?' 297
Pt. 5 Integration
16 Conversation with Jane: 'My mind, my whole sphere of life is full' 315
References and notes 319
Index 331
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