Tom Kitwood on Dementia: A Reader and Critical Commentary

Tom Kitwood on Dementia: A Reader and Critical Commentary

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By (author) Clive Baldwin, By (author) Andrea Capstick

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 238mm x 23mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335222714
  • ISBN 13: 9780335222711
  • Edition: 1, Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 205,798

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How does Kitwood's work contribute to our understanding of 'the dementing process' and the essentials of quality care? How was Kitwood's thinking about dementia influenced by the wider context of his work in theology, psychology and biochemistry? What is the relevance today of key themes and issues in Kitwood's work? Tom Kitwood was one of the most influential writers on dementia of the last 20 years. Key concepts and approaches from his work on person-centred care and well-being in dementia have gained international recognition and shaped much current thinking about practice development. The complexities of Kitwood's work and the development of his thinking over time have, however, received less attention. This Reader brings together twenty original publications by Kitwood which span the entire period of his writing on dementia, and the different audiences for whom he wrote.Almost ten years after Kitwood's death, it is now timely to review his contribution to the field of dementia studies in the light of more recent developments and from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. The introduction to this Reader summarises and problematises some of the key characteristics of Kitwood's writing. Each of the four themed sections begins with a commentary offering a balanced consideration of the strengths of Kitwood's work, but also of its limitations and oversights. The Reader also includes a biography and annotated bibliography. "Tom Kitwood on Dementia: A Reader and Critical Commentary" is key reading for students of social work or mental health nursing, with an interest in dementia care. Professionals working with people with dementia will also find it invaluable. Additional contributors include: Habib Chaudhury, Deborah O'Connor, Alison Phinney, Barbara Purves, and Ruth Bartlett.

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Clive Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. He spent many years working in the voluntary and community sector before undertaking his PhD at the University of Sheffield. Following post-doctoral research at ETHOX, University of Oxford, he joined the Bradford Dementia Group in 2003. His main interests are ethics, narrative, personhood and the experience of family carers. Andrea Capstick is Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. She worked with Tom Kitwood to develop Bradford Dementia Group's educational provision, supported by partnership funding from the UK Alzheimer's Society. She has been a member of Bradford Dementia Group since 1994. Her main research interests are adult learning, the use of arts-based approaches in dementia care education, and user involvement.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements About the Editors Introduction Section 1: Critique of the standard paradigm Section 2: Ill-being, well-being and psychological need Section 3: Personhood Section 4: Organisational culture and its transformation Bibliography References