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Challenging Behaviour in Dementia: A Person-centred Approach (Speechmark Editions) Paperback – 14 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Speechmark Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (14 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863883974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863883972
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would recommend this book to all who come in contact with people with dementia. --British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

A detailed, extremely practical book ... This book s value is in its thorough treatment of this often complex area of clinical work ... undoubtedly a valuable source of information. --RCSLT Bulletin

Comprehensive and easy to use text...this is a well presented, easy to read, comprehensive text; a must for any clinician working in the field. --International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

About the Author

Graham Stokes is a Consultatnt Clinical Psychologist, Premier Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire, and Director of Mental Health, BUPA Care Services. He is a specialist in neurodegenerative disease and dementia, and has been instrumental in the development of person-centred approaches to assessment and care, with particular reference to challenging behaviour.


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I had been looking for a book that would help me work more effectively with informal and formal carers including care home staff. I have been working in older people's mental health, mostly with people suffering with dementia for many years and over the years the approach has changed, its just helping others keep up. This book does not try to give a 'one size fits all' approach for anyone to learn how to work with people with dementia but as it says on the cover, it is a 'person-centred approach'. This means you have to spend time and energy learning about each person and looking at their biography and try and work out what they are trying to 'tell you' through their behaviour. Then you have to try different approaches for each person......just like you might do for anyone else!
A book like this could be compulsory readying for all care home staff.....even the cook and cleaners!
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Dr Graham Stokes is one of the few experts who writes about dementia from hands-on, practical experience, as well as a wealth of clinical knowledge. He is medical lead for BUPA, which has care and nursing homes throughout the country, so can observe from a longitudinal, living standpoint, not just a series of psychiatric consultations. He writes clearly, and compassionately, looking at dementia from the view of the whole person, not just a biomedical framework. In fact, Dr Stokes takes the trouble to look intensely at the individual, with all his or her life experiences and psychological makeup, not just the 'herd'. He makes some surprising, yet commonsense discoveries. For example, frequently cited in studies is the fact that people with low education make a high percentage of dementia cases, but he asks whether this could be the cookie cutter approach of the primary diagnostic tool, the MMSE. He describes the inadequacy of this approach (p24) and suggests that if readers are party to an assessment 'that is subjecting an elderly person to the standard questions of information and orientation', they should 'respectfully' ask the assessor whether they know the names of the seven dwarfs in the story of Snow White. 'If they express incredulity and fail to see the relevance of the question to the task in hand, I believe you may have successfully captured the inadequacy of the assessment.'

A good deal is being published today about dementia that comes from a purely academic point of view, with no experiental background. As a result it is broad brush broke and superficial and, if taken as directive advice, crumbles at the point of application. It sounds good but it just doesn't work.

Dr Stokes' book is exactly the opposite.
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Good and informative. Able to dip in and out. Scenarios great for teaching.
Interesting and new ways of approaching care.
Noticed a colleague had this book and I was borrowing it ....a lot.
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I have found the book most interesting I have not put it down since it arrived, worth every penny, I would highly recommend it
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A comprehensive plain English guide to the subject that really makes you think. I read it from cover to cover and keep it close by for reference purposes.
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