Communication and the Care of People with Dementia / Edition 1

Communication and the Care of People with Dementia / Edition 1

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Communication and the Care of People with Dementia / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780335207749
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.61(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Basics
1Conversations with Alice: 'A far fetch'7
2Personhood: 'The truth is mine, not yours'12
3Nonverbal communication: 'I just want to hold and hold you one minute'44
4Language: 'Words can make or break you'65
5Memory: 'Playing in the House of Ages'93
6Interpretation: 'After all, what is this lump of matter if you can't make sense of it?'116
Part 2Practicalities
7Making contact: 'To get us into a normal situation'147
8Developing the interaction: 'With you I am putting things together'162
9Endings: 'With regard to silence, I think it should be observed'180
10Writing: 'It's a good idea, this writing it down'191
Part 3Themes
11Narrative: 'I want to make up my story for myself'211
12Relationships: 'I like us being with us'230
13Awareness: 'I'm thinking ... when I'm not saying anything'256
Part 4Implications
14Implications for care: 'I need help, yes. But it's the way that it's done'285
15Ethical implications: 'What I want to know is, what is this doing for you?'297
Part 5Integration
16Conversations with Jane: 'My mind, my whole sphere of life is full'315
References and notes319

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