Practical information in an accessible format. This book helps you understand how dementia works and its effect on your loved one.
There can be a lot of understandable fear and worry when a loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia. Whilst the stigma of dementia can be powerful it should not restrict a person from finding meaning and purpose in life. Psychologists Dr Michelle Hamill and Dr Martina McCarthy believe that a holistic and relationship-centred understanding of dementia can help to acknowledge the challenges of the condition, whilst enabling people to live with dignity.
This book provides insights and ideas to improve quality of life for both you and your loved one, drawing on the experiences of people who are caring for a person with dementia from our services.
Through the book you will: understand dementia and the symptoms and behaviours that people with dementia can present with; learn communication skills and strategies that can help when caring for a person with dementia; and explore compassion-based care, develop resilience and improve your wellbeing.
Whilst every situation is unique, this book will give you the confidence and advice you need to help you support your loved one.
Dr Michelle Hamill is a consultant clinical psychologist working in the NHS for over 15 years in the field of older adult mental health, memory clinics and dementia care, with a particular interest in relationship-based psychological therapies. Dr Hamill lives in London.
Dr Martina McCarthy is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS for over 10 years and specialising in memory clinic work, strength-based psychological therapies for people with dementia and older adults, along with family work. Dr McCarthy lives in London.
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