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Understanding Dementia: The Man with the Worried Eyes takes an uncompromisingly person-centred approach, focusing on the importance of the experience and emotions of the person with dementia. It brings together ideas on dementia from social and clinical psychology, psychotherapy and linguistics outlining the key theoretical issues and practical concerns. The authors give compelling arguments and evidence from practice for the value of non-traditional treatments and care. They outline the limitations of the medical model and highlight the potential benefits of psychotherapy for people with dementia. The authors provide a powerful integrated and holistic model of dementia which will enable professionals, policy makers, students and academics to form a deeper understanding of this troubling and complex problem, and in doing so to improve the quality of care for dementia sufferers.

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Takes a person-centered approach to dementia, focusing on the importance of the experience and emotions of the person with dementia. Brings together ideas in dementia from social and clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and linguistics, outlining key theoretical issues and practical concerns. Non-traditional treatments and care are emphasized. Outlines the limitations of the medical mode, and describes benefits of psychotherapy for people with dementia. Cheston is a research fellow at the department of psychology at the University of Bath, UK. Bender is a consultant clinical psychologist and head of psychological services to older adults in Plymouth Community Services NHS Trust. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853024795
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables 8
List of Boxes 8
List of Figures 8
Acknowledgements 9
Pt. 1 Contemporary Attitudes
Introduction: A Time of Change 13
1 The Creation and Recreation of Alzheimer's Disease: Enter Frau Auguste D, enter Dr. Alois Alzheimer 22
2 The Present Formulation of Dementia 46
3 The Implications of the Organic Model of Dementia for Dementia Services 66
4 The Limitations of the Organic Model 79
5 Therapeutic Disdain: Therapy, Therapists and People with Dementia 100
Pt. 2 Constructing a Psychological Model of Dementia
6 Introducing the Person-focused Approach: What is it Like to be a Person Diagnosed as having Dementia? 109
7 The Person in Context: The Role of Psychological and Social Factors in Dementia 114
8 A Model of the Mind in Dementia and of Levels of Severity 131
9 The Emotional World of Dementia Sufferers 146
10 Managing the Process of Loss 168
Pt. 3 Applying the Person-focused Approach to Psychological Interventions and Services for People who have Dementia
11 Psychological Interventions: An Introduction and Basic Principles 191
12 The Assessment of People who may have Dementia 196
13 Therapeutic Interventions: Maximising Self-Security - The Vital Role of Listening Skills 215
14 Identity Work: Holding on to Who We Are 231
15 Changing Systems of Service Delivery 255
Pt. 4 Looking to our Future
16 Obstacles to Change 275
17 Producing Change: A Restless Farewell 283
Further Reading 291
References 293
Index 317
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