Books on dementia & related issues

Silent Voice's "My Battle With Alzheimer's Rages On"

Norman McNamara - 2011

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Norman is an extraordinary man with early onset dementia (Lewy Body) who lives in Torbay and who has almost singlehandedly set up a Torbay Dementia Alliance as the first stage in turning Torbay into a dementia friendly community.  He is also organising the Planting Memories campaign.

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Dementia Diary: Poems and Prose

John Killick - 2008

No review available but heard the author in an interview on Radio 4 recently where he also read from this new book and I feel sure it will have a similar impact as his previous one.

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You Are Words - Dementia Poems

John Killick - 1997

A reviewer on Amazon wrote:
"I brought this book after hearing an interview with John Killick on Radio 4 and heard a couple of the poems.  When the book arrived I picked it up intending to just flick through it and come back to it another time, an hour later I had read it from cover to cover with tears in my eyes.  This book contains some of the most beautiful, insightful and touching poems I have ever read.  As well as containing wonderful poems, it also serves as a reminder that just because someone is confused, it doesn't mean they've got nothing worth expressing and shouldn't be listened to.  There is no way I could fault this book, I only wish it were longer. I shall be buying more copies to give to friends that I know will appreciate it."

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Contented Dementia: 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being

Oliver James

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A groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia and Alzheimer's by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness.  A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events.  Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost.  The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present.  Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, "Contented Dementia" provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.

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10 Helpful Hints for Carers

Easy to read guide providing simple, practical solutions to everyday problems family carers can face when looking after a person with dementia, including how to cope with aggression, sleeplessness and depression and how to create relaxing environments.

10 Helpful hints for dementia design at home

This guide offers simple and practical design solutions to adapt the living environment for people with dementia to help them live independently for as long as possible.  Covers topics such as lighting, interior décor and the use of assistive technology.

The above 2 publications are available from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

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NHS Dental Fines Scandal

An NHS automated system has been incorrectly fining people with dementia.  Read the full article here on the BBC News website.

Barnstaple Link Rotary Club

The club is launching a new project to help people with dementia which will complement the activities of Barnstaple's Memory Café.  Read more...

MHA launch Joyce's Music Video

MHA have launched Joyce's music video on YouTube showing the power of music therapy in helping people with dementia.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Various bodies, both government and others are promoting the setting up of dementia friendly communities.  To see what's involved and how you can be part of it, go to our dementia friendly communities page.  You can also read this PDF document (1.5MB)

Service Above Self

It is with much pleasure that we announce that the Chair of REPoD, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been awarded the 'Rotary International Service above Self Award' for her outstanding contributions to the REPoD effort over the 6 years since its inception.  We feel that all who know her will feel that this award was well deserved.

Hands across the water

The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK.  Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.

Dementia Adventure

Looking for a break / holiday for someone you care for or yourself - then take a look at this web site.

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