October 06, 2017

Living well with dementia : 3 books by by Shibley Rahman

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Enhancing health and wellbeing in dementia 
: a person-centred integrated care approach

by Shibley Rahman
Focusing on how to support the wellbeing of people with dementia in care homes and home care, this book highlights the foundations of high quality care. Based on the latest research and evidence, the book tackles head on the barriers to excellent dementia care, and engages with the latest initiatives that promote health and wellbeing.

Living well with dementia : the importance of the person and the environment for wellbeing

by Shibley Rahman
Contents: Dedication • Acknowledgements • Foreword by Professor John Hodges • Foreword by Sally Ann Marciano • Foreword by Professor Facundo Manes • Introduction • What is ‘living well with dementia’? • Measuring living well with dementia • Socio-economic arguments for promoting living well with dementia • A public health perspective on living well in dementia, and the debate over screening • The relevance of the person for living well with dementia • Leisure activities and living well with dementia • Maintaining wellbeing in end-of-life care for living well with dementia • Living well with specific types of dementia: a cognitive neurology perspective • General activities which encourage wellbeing • Decision-making, capacity and advocacy in living well with dementia • Communication and living well with dementia • Home and ward design to promote living well with dementia • Assistive technology and living well with dementia • Ambient-assisted living well with dementia • The importance of built environments for living well with dementia •  Dementia-friendly communities and living well with dementia • Conclusion

Living Better with Dementia: Good Practice and Innovation for the Future 
(also available on eBook dementia-e-library.overdrive.com )
by Shibley Rahman
What do national dementia strategies, constantly evolving policy and ongoing funding difficulties mean for people living well with dementia? Adopting a broad and inclusive approach, Rahman presents a thorough critical analysis of existing dementia policy, and tackles head-on current and controversial topics at the forefront of public and political debate, such as diagnosis in primary care, access to services for marginalised groups, stigma and discrimination, integrated care, personal health budgets, personalised medicine and the use of GPS tracking. Drawing on a wealth of diverse research, and including voices from all reaches of the globe, he identifies current policy challenges for living well with dementia, and highlights pockets of innovation and good practice to inform practical solutions for living better with dementia in the future. A unique and cohesive account of where dementia care practice and policy needs to head, and why, and how this can be achieved, this is crucial reading for dementia care professionals, service commissioners, public health officials and policy makers, as well as academics and students in these fields.

book Review

Readers will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive book that covers all aspects of living with dementia.

Each chapter provides an evidence-based perspective on the issues affecting those living with dementia and their carers, along with the policy context in the UK. Topics cover everything from stigma, citizenship, eating, incontinence, housing, GPS tracking and personal budgets.
This book is invaluable for anyone studying dementia at undergraduate or postgraduate level because each chapter directs the reader to recent research, evidence and relevant policy documents. It highlights innovation and good practice from around the world and gives practical solutions for living well with dementia.
The book would also be useful as a reference text for staff who work with people with dementia in different care environments; they can dip into the book and find a chapter that is relevant to their area of interest.
Overall, this text challenges perceptions and the biomedical model of dementia, while also encouraging the reader to consider the rights and perspectives of people living with the condition and how policy could meet their needs better.

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