February 01, 2016

Australian books on dementia


Living with Alzheimer’s and other

Dementias : after the diagnosis

 Is it ok for my mother to continue babysitting my children? this and many other questions are answered in ....
covers the needs relating to After the Diagnosis :
Making the Diagnosis -
Information and Support -
Medication -
Accommodation -
Driving -
 Everyday Care -
Finances -
Medication and Health -
Memory and Language Aids -
Coming to Terms with the Diagnosis -
Behavioural Change -
Looking After Yourself -
 Key Resources -
Accommodation and Respite -
Legal Planning etc.
This book aims to answer all the questions one has: What will happen to me?
Does this mean my husband will have to go into a nursing home? Can I still drive? Is it ok for my mother to continue babysitting my children? Are there any pills that can help? And most of all what should I do next? It is a guide in the weeks and months following diagnosis to aid you and your family in understanding dementia, coming to terms with the situation and planning for the future. It is almost impossible to take in or even touch on all that you need to know at the time of diagnosis. (Perhaps some questions only came to mind days after you had left the doctor s office.) With this book the authors aim to fill in those gaps and provide you with some answers and suggestions. They hope that you will be able to use this book as a guide in the weeks and months following a diagnosis to aid you and your family in understanding dementia, coming to terms with the situation and planning for the future.

Living with Dementia : A practical guide for families and personal carers
Editors: E Chang and A Johnson

Living with Dementia: A practical guide for families and personal carers

...provides a sensitive, direct and highly accessible account of the complexities and challenges that a diagnosis of dementia presents. Written by aged care experts including academics, nurses, medical practitioners and family advocates, Living with Dementia offers evidence-based research, supported by clear chapter outcomes, key terms and real-world vignettes. Practical strategies are integrated throughout to support caregivers, paid and unpaid, in the home environment and in residential care settings.

The book offers advice on how to manage everyday activities such as feeding, toileting, personal hygiene and grooming, and coping with challenging behaviour. In recognising the needs of the whole person, mental stimulation and spirituality are also addressed. An introduction to commonly used medications, complementary therapies and effective communication strategies are provided, as well as information about caring for the dying, and most importantly, looking after you – the carer.

Understanding Alzheimer's & other dementiasBrian Draper
One of the most authoritative guides available on Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Set to be one of our leading health problems because of an aging population, an increasing number of people will be faced with caring for a friend or family member with dementia.

In this clear and simple guide for carers and families, Professor Brian Draper – one of Australia’s leading Alzheimer’s and dementia experts – demystifies the condition.

Looking at its symptoms, treatment and management, this guide will help increase your understanding of why dementia occurs, the current treatments and how it may be managed both by professionals and those at home.

Filled with practical advice on therapies and drug treatments, Understanding Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias is an invaluable tool for carers or those worried about their own symptoms or those of a loved one.

The Author: Brian Draper is a Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and since 1992, he has been the Assistant Director of the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals, Sydney.

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.

Nothing About Us, Without Us!: 20 Years of Dementia Advocacy
Advocating for dementia for 20 years, Christine Bryden has been instrumental in ensuring that people with dementia are included in discussions about the condition and how to manage and think about it. This collection of her hard-hitting and inspiring insider presentations demands 'nothing about us, without us!' and promotes self-advocacy and self-reflection. Provocative and insightful, the pieces included in the book address issues that demand attention, and will change the way dementia is perceived, and the lives of people with dementia and their families.
'Christine's journey as a dementia advocate is truly remarkable.

 This collection of talks and presentations demonstrate the incredible progress that has been made as a result of her determination to make the world a more inclusive place for people living with dementia.' - Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Disease International
'Christine Bryden chronicles her two-decade journey living with a diagnosis of dementia, exploding myths and stereotypes along the way. Even in the face of cognitive struggles, Christine embodies personal growth, sharing her insights about the lived experience of dementia.' - G. Allen Power, MD, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease

'This should be compulsory reading for all professionals, people living with dementia and families affected by dementia. There is no us and them. There is only us.' - Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, UK and author of Person-Centred Dementia Care

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

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