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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2011
I am a unit manager on a dementia-nursing unit; this is just the book for me, for the relatives of my patients and for people recently diagnosed with dementia.

An excellent book, well written and very easy to understand

Contains the information that we all need to know about dementia
I have also read the author's other book on how to choose a good care home or a good nursing home for people. That book contains all the information that you need to get you informed quickly on how to find the best place for yourself or for somebody in your family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
I wish I had found this book a few months ago. My mother recently passed away, with dementia given as a cause of death. Despite excellent support from the Alzheimer's Society, we were still muddling along & the information about the differing stages of the disease & tips on how to maintain the independence of the sufferer would have been invaluable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
This is a must for anyone who has relatives suffering from any sort of Dementia, and a good idea for those in the early stages- a great help to understand what is happening to my mother and to help her feel loved, valued and appreciated
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
This is an informative and easy to read book. It is particularly useful for the informal carers and the newly diagnosed person with dementia.
The inclusion of some case studies and further strategies to manage the condition for both the person with dementia and their families would be a useful addition. Also inclusion of some practical advice such as at what stage a person can drive to and power of attorney would enhance the text further. However despite these weaknesses a recommended read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2012
this gave a very clear explanation of the conditions and should be given to the carers free ( by the NHS ) as soon as the condition is diagnosed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2012
If you have been unfortunate enough to have a loved one contract this cruel disease you will know how bewildering it is to cope.I found the N.H.S. pretty useless in imparting any information on the condition.If this book had been available at least I would have had a better chance of understanding things.This book should be made available to all trying to cope with loved ones with this condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
I am a deputy manager of a dementia nursing home for people in the later stages of the condition. This book is wonderfully written, clearly well informed and I found it extremly interesting, informative and I learnt a lot. As a nurse I spend my days learning and with dementia care, you never stop learning everyday.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2011
I AM A NURSE AND I WORKING IN HOSPITAL,IN ENGLAND.THIS IS THE BEST BOOK THAT I HAVE READ ON DEMENTIA .IT IS EXCELLENT FOR NURSES LIKE ME AND FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOMEBODY DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA IN THEIR FAMILY.I WILL GET THE NEXT BOOK FROM THIS AUTHOR WHEN IT COMES OUT.(HOW TO PICK A CARE HOME).
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on 28 November 2013
When a family member is suffering from dementia it's difficult to know how to best support them. The care home is their home and although you want to monitor them carefully, you really don't know what you're checking up on and the implications to your loved one that might bring. The same goes for communicating with the professionals. This book really helps with that, it's easy to understand and you instantly get the impression that the author knows exactly what he's talking about. Above all is the well being of the patient, which adds to it's sincerity. I have already raised some questions to both the care home and surgery involved with confidence, something I would not have done without reading the book first.
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