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From The CriticsReviewer: Marie E. Byrne, PhD(University of Mississippi)
Description: This book, inspired by a 1989 conference, is divided into four main sections. Section one focuses on the scope and definitions of dementia and its psychological, cognitive, auditory, and motor speech characteristics. Section two investigates the impact of aging and dementia on language and discourse abilities. Section three explores the impact of dementia on the affected individuals and their caregivers. Section four provides a basic framework for professional services to adults with dementia and their caregivers.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide state-of-the-art perspective on dementia and communication. She has succeeded in bringing together a number of leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of gerontology and communication disorders who summarize the research on various aspects of dementia, with the major focus on communication disorders of adults with dementia.
Audience: The book appears to be written primarily for speech-language pathologists providing clinical services to adults with dementia. It should also be of interest to other professionals in the area of gerontology and would be an appropriate graduate level text for students in gerontology and communicative disorders.
Features: This book is nicely organized and each chapter appears to be well structured. Illustrations, tables, and appendixes are clear. References are numerous and most are current. This edited book has an adequate subject index but no author index.
Assessment: This will be very useful for practitioners and students in the field of gerontology. Its focus on communication disorders extends beyond a description of the nature, assessment, and management of these disorders to the impact they have on the affected individuals and their families. This comprehensive focus presented within a well-organized structure makes it a valuable contribution to the literature in this area.