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Live and laugh with Dementia: The essential guide to maximising quality of life

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Title: Live and laugh with Dementia: The essential guide to maximising quality of life

Author:  Dr Lee-Fay Low

Publisher: Exisle

Reviewer: Jane Brocksom, urology & continence nurse specialist.  Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

 What was it like?

This is a readable and informative book, thankfully a great size for reading and hence sharing with colleagues. It is not a dry textbook or textbook size but an amazing inspiring manual of making life with dementia as positive as possible. It addresses carer’s attitudes as well as offering tips to allow HCP’s to have a positive impact on people living with dementia. An absorbing 200 pages and a powerful mixture of science and practical information.

What were the highlights? 

It is obvious right from the start that the author knows her field. She is a researcher – leading the first high-quality study of humour therapy for people with dementia and an academic. Currently she is the associate professor in ageing and health at University of Sydney. She writes with enthusiasm and insight. It’s a book full of wonderful gifts of knowledge.

The chapters include – an Introduction called Use it or Lose it: How dementia affects the way we think: Taking a history: Selecting and modifying activities: Cognitively stimulating activities: Reminiscence: Music and Play.

The book also has a comprehensive resources and references section. Assessment tools, life history worksheets and activity calendars also highlight the diverse nature of material included in this book.

Strengths & weaknesses?

This book is inspiring and motivating with excellent examples and case studies to highlight salient points. The case studies add to the text and give wonderful examples of activities for people with dementia based on their degree of illness, bringing the books readability and credibility to all levels of readers. There is plenty for HCP’s to reflect upon including information on how we present ourselves to those with dementia and how we come across both in verbal and non-verbal communication. The four people living with dementia presented in this book ensure the book is practically focused.

Who should read it?

Any HCP who cares for the elderly or individual with dementia and who wish to provide supportive and informed care, understand their patients and meet their holistic needs. Essentially focused on developing and delivering engaging and fun activities.

Live and laugh with Dementia


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