May 12, 2017

Books recently recommended by our carers

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

Contented dementia : 24-hour wraparound care for lifelong well-being

 "contented dementia" - by a clinical psychologist...

outlines a ground breaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both patient and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness. 

A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. 

The method outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods.

I care : a handbook for care partners of people with dementia

 This book is  a gold medal winner in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program.  
This award winning book will both inspire and educate care partners of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to make the most of each day! 

Care partners will see their loved one as a whole person with strengths and abilities, which will promote greater independence and self-sufficiency for the person with dementia. 

I Care covers: 

  • Controlling Yourself, not the Circumstances
  • Self-discipline
  • Attitude
  • Groundwork
  •  Possibilities
  • Describing the Brain with Dementia
  • Preparing for a Move
  • Staying Engaged
  • Communicating with Someone with Dementia
  • Encouraging Socialization
  • Remembering Takes Practice
  • Creating Meaningful Time, not just Passing the Time
  • Establish Goals
  • Give Up “Control”
  • Small Changes, Big Successes
  • Dear Friends
  • Meaningful Activities
  •  Making the Home Safe and Supportive
  • Organization Establishes Calmness
  • Routines Provide Predictability
  • Home Modifications Compensate for Deficits
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  •  Overcoming Guilt
  • Making Time For Yourself
  • Where To Look For Help
“By shifting the perspective from caregiving to care partnering, this book offers an important reminder that there remain many capabilities that need to be recognized, maximised, and respected in persons with dementias. 

Rather than being limited to doing to, the care focus is expanded to enabling and empowering these individuals to function at their remaining best. 

This enlightened view not only benefits persons with dementias, but has the potential to offer a more meaningful and less stressful experience for their care partners.”

Carer's Handbook : a practical Australian guide to caring for people who are sick, elderly or have a disability 

A practical, fully illustrated guide for those looking after someone at home, with comprehensive advice on all aspects of caring. Addresses the needs of the carer, offering constructive guidance and emotional support. Features basic nursing procedures and essential first aid information and advises on a wide range of equipment for greater independence and comfort.
Includes colour pictures to help you learn to: Maintaining and improving mobility ; bed comfort moving someone in bed; bathing techniques; dressing techniques; promoting continence; leaving hospital… 

Dementia : What You Need to Know - A Guide for People with Dementia, and Their Caregivers

. Memory and dementia 
. Early-stage dementia 
. Moderate dementia  
. Severe dementia 
. Therapies for dementia 
. Medical treatments for dementia 
. Behavioural and psychological difficulties - such as too noisy? too quiet ? too hot ...
. Looking after someone at home  
. Choosing residential care  
. In residential care 
. Groups with special needs  
. Spiritual and cultural issues  
. Legal and ethical issues 

 Coping with Alzheimer's: a caregiver's emotional survival guide

 A practical as well as philosophical guide for caregivers…invaluable insight into coping with the emotional challenges of taking care of a person living with dementia : denial, anger, guilt, shame, depression, stress, acceptance. These concepts are analysed and practical guides are provided on how to deal with them successfully. …a compassionate as well as rational look at the life and tasks of caregivers.
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's can be stressful and depressing, unless one has the proper tools for coping with such a task. This book provides such tools, and is a must read for anyone taking care of an Alzheimer's patient 

Book review - Live and Laugh with Dementia

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.
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.

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