Live and Laugh with Dementia

Live and Laugh with Dementia : The essential guide to maximizing quality of life

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Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. For every person with dementia, their family and carers face the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible - to maximize quality of life for all concerned.


Just as we need to exercise our body's muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can 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; and, experience happiness and pleasure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 15.24mm | 272.16g
  • Empower
  • Chatswood, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • Second Edition
  • 1925335720
  • 9781925335729
  • 1,841,513

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"An excellent book, packed with easy to follow ideas illustrating what more of us need to know - caring for people with dementia can also be fun!' - Ann Gray, Owner/Manager, Coombe House, Cornwall UK

Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. For every person with dementia, their family and friends face the decision of how best to care for them and ensure they live well. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible - to maximize quality of life for all involved.

This second edition draws on case studies and clinical research to present activities that are easy to understand and implement, and can be tailored to suit the person's needs and abilities. It includes an updated list of helpful resources, and supports and inspires families to enrich their relationship with the person with dementia.

The book enables families to help their loved one:
maintain their relationships with others
maintain their self-indentity
slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
stave off boredom
experience happiness and pleasure

"This insightful book focuses on what is important in the everyday life of the person with dementia and the family carer and explores the practical things we can all do to make our communities more dementia friendly." - Glenn Rees AM, Chair, Alzheimer's Disease International
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Table of contents

Introduction: Use it or lose it
1. How dementia affects the way we think
2. Taking a life history
3. Selecting and modifying activities
4. Presenting and scheduling activities
5. Cognitively stimulating activities
6. Reminiscence
7. Friends and family
8. Going out
9. Activities around the home
10. Music
11. Play
A few last words
Further resources
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

"an amazing inspiring manual of making life with dementia as positive as possible .... She writes with enthusiasm and insight. It's a book full of wonderful gifts of knowledge"
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About Lee-Fay Low

Lee-Fay Low is a leading researcher in the field of dementia, passionate about ensuring good quality of life for those with dementia. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at UNSW, Dr Low led the first high-quality study of humour therapy for people with dementia.
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