|Publication Date: 18 Feb 2016|
|Publisher: Sheldon Press|
|Page Count: 128|
|Author: Susan Elliot-Wright|
|ISBN-13: 9781847090751, 9781847091925, 9781847094032, 9781847094049|
When Someone You Love Has Dementia
Caring for people with dementia is a well-recognized burden, but recently there have been moves to represent this in a more positive light, emphasising people with dementia as individuals who deserve respect, rather than as the challenge as which they have traditionally been viewed. Nevertheless, for individual carers without enough support, having a loved one with dementia often remains challenging.
This book looks at practicalities and relationships, including: Defining Alzheimer's and other dementias; Diagnosis; After diagnosis; planning for the future; Medications to help with symptoms such as memory problems, wandering, and aggressive behavior; Other therapies such as music therapy; Practicalities: coping with strange behaviour, confusion, memory problems. Outside help and services and how to access them; Later stages of dementia; issues to consider such as residential care, financial arrangements, wills and living wills and coping with being a carer.
I would suggest it as an introductory guide for people with limited knowledge of dementia who want an overview of what life as a carer may be life. This could be at the point of seeking help or when going through a dementia diagnosis as a carer, relative or friend.
I read the book with great interest – it brought back a number of my own experiences. How much easier life would have been , if I had read this useful little book before life sent us along the “dementia road”. This book is well written, clear, concise, yet with sufficient detail to cover all aspects – practical and financial as well as emotional. I like the gentle empathy that is evident throughout, and the fact that it is not too long – a carer rarely finds time or energy to indulge in reading.