December 02, 2014

Book review by staff member - Live and Laugh with Dementia

*if you would like to reserve this please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

written by Lee-Fay Low

An easy to read book which highlights the importance of all of us remaining involved in physical and mental activities to keep our brains healthy and fit as we age.

It outlines the many different ways the brain functions and shows how dementia may affect these abilities.

Lee-Fay  provides really practical strategies and tips on topics such as  whether it is okay to lie to the person with dementia; how to present activities;  how to communicate more effectively; and how to maintain friendships and connections and get family and friends to become more involved.

The book is interspersed throughout with some really useful case studies that offer examples of interactions between a person with dementia and their carer, and Lee-Fay provides positive  ways to respond in these situations.

The great thing about this book is that it is not only based on research and scientific evidence but also on Lee-Fay’s years of experience working with people with dementia and their carers.
by one of our educators Pam Davis
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In Live and Laugh with Dementia Dr Low shows us how we can tailor activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients who are unable to initiate activities themselves, and help them to:
- Maintain their relationships with others
- Maintain their self-identity
- Slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
- Stave off boredom
- Experience happiness and pleasure.
Hopeful and inspiring, Live and Laugh with Dementia supports people to improve their relationship with the person with dementia.
Ideal for both family and professional carers, not only does it contain suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, but it also covers a host of ideas that will empower family and friends to re-engage with those living with dementia, allowing them to build new relationships, spread the load
of care and add richness to their lives as well as meaning to their own.
This invaluable book also contains tips for people with mild dementia in order to empower them to stay active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.

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