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Excellant handbook for Dementia
on 10 November 2011
This is a very thorough guide to dementia in all its manifestations by an experienced and eminently qualified practitioner in the field. He draws upon the knowledge gained "at the coal face" so to speak, during a career as a clinical nurse as well as through remarkable academic studies. He has mined the wordy tomes on complex subject and distilled the essential useful information into this book to make it an ideal "owners manual" for anyone who, like me, has a relative with dementia, or indeed has been diagnosed themselves.
Many myths are dispelled and stigma is lifted from this misunderstood condition, to reveal the realities and practicalities of coping with it. The symptoms of every stage in the development of the various types of dementia are clearly explained and treatments, care practice and medication are all covered in laymans terms which allows sober assessment of each individual.
But the most commendable thing for me is the way the author never loses sight of the patient's perspective. To him they never cease to be people, with full consciousness, and he reminds us of it as he guides us through some of the most difficult aspects of dementia. I have seen how my own mother has benefited first hand from the knowledge and expertise that produced this invaluable and reassuring book.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Karl Barlow 10/11/11