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Guide to the Spiritual Dimension of Care for People with Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementia: More Than Body, Brain and Breath

by Eileen Shamy Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 224 pages
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In this sensitive and informative book, Eileen Shamy, a pioneer of ministry to people with Alzheimer's disease, discusses how pastoral work can help to develop holistic care for those suffering from dementia and related conditions - care which involves understanding of their spiritual as well as physical needs.

From her years of experience as a clergywoman working with older people in care settings, the author provides guidelines for pastoral visits to people with dementia, showing how to empathise with, understand and support individuals during a visit. She discusses what constitutes spiritual well-being in individuals and suggests ways in which this can be nurtured. Emphasising the importance of retaining dignity and freedom of choice for people with dementia, she also presents practical advice about memory cueing and leading worship for those with dementia.
This book is a useful resource for a variety of people involved in pastoral care with older people, whether professionals or volunteers, from a respected author in the field of psychogeriatric care.

Through a door of hope or eyeballing the challenges; understanding Alzheimer's disease and other primary dementias; the spiritual dimension of care; worship for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; being present to the person with dementia - the pastoral conversation; caring for the care-givers; a statement of hope - the field in Ananoth.

Eileen Shamy was a teacher and Methodist clergywoman who pioneered ministry to people with Alzheimer's disease. This edition is edited by Albert Jewell and Mannes Tidmarsh of Methodist Homes for the Aged.