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Hearing the Voice of the People with Dementia: Opportunities and Obstacles

by Malcolm Goldsmith Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 192 pages
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Based on interviews with sufferers and professionals working in the field, on an extensive literature search, and on a consultative document which was sent out to over a thousand people, the book discusses ten key points: the possibility of communication; the disempowering experience of dementia; the different ways in which people are affected; the need to respect people's sense of sense of time and place; the importance of knowing a person's 'life story'; the effect of environmental and other factors on communication; the non-verbal ways in which people with dementia communicate; communication through 'challenging behaviour'; group work; the value or harm of sharing a diagnosis.

Practical advice and suggestions are offered to help professionals gain a greater understanding of dementia and develop skills which aid communication.

Preface (Mary Marshall).Introduction. 1.The echoes return slow. 2.Hearing views about services. 3.Is there anyone in there? 4.Different people are affected in different ways. 5.Communication is possible. 6.Disempowerment. 7.A sense of time and pace. 8.The value of life story. 9.The effect of the environment. 10.Nonverbal communication. 11.Challenging behaviour. 12.Group work. 13.To tell or not to tell - is that the question? 14.A reflective conclusion.

The reader is given a wide range of perspectives on how to communicate with people with dementia... this is an easy read and raises the reader's awareness about what it must be like to experience dementia. I feel this book would be very useful for people who want to know more about dementia and communication.
Malcolm Goldsmith was ordained in the Church of England in 1962, and worked in parishes in Birmingham, Nottingham and Edinburgh, and as a university chaplain and a chaplain to a hospice. He was a Research Fellow within the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, and wrote and lectured widely on issues related to ageing and dementia.