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Essential Reading for Everyone connected to Dementia,
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This review is from: And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia (Paperback)
This book is so good one's only regret is that one did not know about it earlier in one's relation's illness. It contains 22 stories about the treatment of actual dementia sufferers and explains why standardised procedures are inevitably flawed if the health care professionals do not take pains to try to work out the real reasons for a patient's apparently irrational behaviour. Of course, to ourselves, such actions by the patient may appear to us to be inexplicable but more often than not there is a hidden underlying cause which once discovered enables the patient to receive more appropriate assistance and more specific help.
The book is very informative and sometimes it mixes a story's sadness with the satisfaction of reading that a particular course of action resulting from thinking outside the box achieves some successful outcome giving relief to the suffering of a tortured Dementia victim.
The book is a must read for anyone interested in, or involved in, caring for a Dementia patient; for the family so that they can more easily follow what is being done to their relation (for good or ill) and for Health Care Professionals who are all too ready to prescribe sedation and anti-psychotic drugs because a patient's actions are simply 'in the nature of the disease.' in many cases the patients are indeed acting in what to them is a rational manner when naturally to outsiders such activity borders on the inexplicable. The book contains insights into a Dementia patient's world and is revelatory and seriously educational, all delivered in an easliy understood and sympathetically matter of fact style. Brilliant book, I cannot write too highly about it.