’I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested or has contact with people living with dementia’
Title: Living Better with Dementia
Author: Shibley Rahman
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, head of research, Evaluation and Technology, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
Building on from the author’s previous BMA Book Award winning Living Well with Dementia (2014), this text tackles an extensive collection of topics related to people living with dementia. The challenges and issues are brought together comprehensively, clearly (and often quite critically) identifying many of the common beliefs and assumptions that hinder best practice. The author concludes that “We are not all patients…. We are not all consumers…. But we are all persons”
What were the highlights?
A major highlight of this book is the contemporary approach of the book and its contents, which range from macro level issues such as global strategies, meso level regarding organisations, to a micro person centred care level. These are based on a wealth of research, which is highly relevant and up to date. This transcendence across levels helps to understand the relationships that exist between, for example, world-wide issues and attitudes to individuals.
Strengths & weaknesses?
A particular strength of the book is the connection of policy to practice and practical implications. There are a number of examples where good practice can help to inform practical solutions for the future, making this a book that has value and use on many levels. A further asset is the conclusion chapter. This excellent summary draws everything together from the previous chapters under key themes and really helps to pull this book together.
Who should read it?
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested or has contact with people living with dementia; health and social care professionals, public health workers, service commissioners and researchers and students in this field. This is also a book that would be useful to members of the general public as well.
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