August 06, 2015

New resources for healthcare professionals

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Alzheimer disease and other dementias: a practical guide
Alzheimer’s wreaks havoc on the patient, and its degenerative nature can create a protracted period of anguish and anxiety for the patient’s family. Dr. Marc Agronin has put his years of experience as a geriatric psychiatrist to work to create an eminently useful resource for psychiatrists and others who treat patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Now in its third edition, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias uses concise and clear language to outline the symptoms, effects and treatments used to combat the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias likely to be suffered by older patients. Enriched by case studies from his own clinical practice, Dr. Agronin creates a volume full of humanity, insight, and knowledge that is sure to inform and improve the habits and methods of any clinician who deals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Improving memory through creativity : a professional's guide to culturally sensitive cognitive training with older adults

Creativity stimulates older adults both mentally and emotionally, regardless of their cultural background, which can have numerous cognitive and social benefits. This guidebook outlines culturally competent strategies, which are essential for effective clinical work in a world with an increasing number of older adults and incidences of Alzheimer's Disease. Throughout the text, professionals are shown how to structure sessions and use artistic creativity to improve memory, mood and socialization. Everything from how to introduce art materials and techniques, to enhancing cross-cultural interaction is outlined in detail. Additionally, graphs, charts, and tables show how artistic creativity can parallel cognitive training to provide optimal benefits to a wide audience of older adults. Accompanied by online material for use in sessions and workshops, this book is a vital resource for such professionals as art therapists, social workers, gerontologists, counsellors and more.

Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia: A Learning Guide

Spiritual reminiscence is a way of communicating that acknowledges the person as a spiritual being and seeks to engage the person in a more meaningful and personal way. This practical guide teaches carers how to facilitate engaging and stimulating spiritual reminiscence sessions with older people, and particularly with people with dementia. After reading the guide, carers will understand the many and varied benefits of spiritual reminiscence, and will have developed the skills, confidence and communication techniques needed to support people with dementia in this activity. The authors present in accessible terms the evidence-base to support the benefits of the approach and provide clear, step-by-step instructions for facilitating spiritual reminiscence sessions, including useful suggestions for ideas and questions to stimulate discussion. Intended to be used either as a self-learning tool or as the basis for staff training sessions, this will be a valuable resource for staff in care homes and day centres, activity coordinators, pastoral and spiritual care professionals, clergy and spiritual leaders.

Supporting people with dementia: understanding and responding to distressed behaviour. A study guide for staff
Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as professionals. Staff describe distressed behaviour as their greatest source of workplace stress when supporting people with dementia. Knowing about a person's individual history underpinned with evidence-based knowledge can make it much easier to interpret the behaviour of people with dementia. Understanding the meaning behind a person's behaviour can be difficult, but with practice and experience it becomes easier. It can sometimes be tempting to avoid a situation where a person is experiencing stress and becoming distressed for fear of making things worse. Unfortunately, this usually leads to more severe distressing behaviour later on. By increasing your learning about stress and distress, you will be able to support people with dementia in a more compassionate and professional way.

CANE - Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly : a needs assessment for older mental health service users

Provides the materials necessary to assess the health and social needs of older people; particularly those with mental health problems. It includes the description of how CANE was developed, administration details, psychometric properties and a manual providing case examples.

Person-centred dementia care : making services better
by Dawn Brooker
The term person centred care has been widely used, misused and ill defined. It is used frequently in the aims and objectives for dementia care services and provision, although in practice what lies behind the rhetoric can be questionable. This book gives fresh definition to the important ideas behind and the implementation of person centred care for people with dementia. Dawn Brooker explains the four key elements of person centred care that comprise the VIPS model: Valuing people with dementia and those who care for them ; treating people as Individuals ; looking at the world from the Perspective of the person with dementia ; and a positive Social environment in which the person living with dementia can experience relative well being. With an emphasis on practical application, Person Centred Dementia Care provides care organisations with clear, accessible guidelines on how to put the VIPS model into operation for effective care that is 'fit for VIPs'. Part 2 of the book comprises the VIPS organisational reflection tool, which care providers can use to assess how well they think they are doing at providing person-centred care.


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