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Early Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia: Evidence-Based Practice

by Esme Moniz-Cook and Jill Manthorpe Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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For the increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia each year, treatment in the early stages can make a significant difference to their quality of life. This book provides examples of psychosocial interventions: taking into consideration the individual, social and environmental aspects of the person's life.

It looks at ways of providing support at the time of diagnosis and goes on to explore a variety of interventions and services for the treatment of early dementia. Bringing together the knowledge and experiences of professionals from both the UK and Europe, the contributors describe interventions for both psychological and practical problems with case examples such as memory support groups, art therapies and assistive technologies for use in the home.

This accessible book will be essential reading for practitioners and carers working with those with early dementia and will be extremely useful in both professional development and for those new to dementia care.

1. Introduction: Personalising psychosocial interventions to individual need and context - Part I: Support at the time of diagnosis.
2. What do we tell people with dementia about their diagnosis and how do we tell them? -
3. Timely psychoscocial interventions in a memory clinic
Part II: Cognitive and memory support.
4. Working with memory problems: cognitive rehabilitation in early dementia
5. Cognitive stimulation for people with mild cognitive impairment and early dementia
6. GRADIOR: A personalised computer-based cognitive training programme for early intervention in dementia
7. Memory groups for people with early dementia
8. Health technologies for people with early dementia: the ENABLE project
Part III: Psychological, emotional and social support.
9. Group psychotherapy for people with early dementia
10. Art therapy: getting in touch with inner self and outside world
11. A host of golden memories: individual and couples group reminiscence
12. Developing group support for men with mild cognitive difficulties and early dementia
13. Group psycho-educational intervention for family carers
Part IV: Developing evidence-based psychosocial support services.
14. The Meeting Centres Support Group Programme
15. Personalised disease management for people with dementia: the primary carer support programme
16. Carer interventions in the voluntary sector

Contributions from health and social care professionals from the UK and Europe are cleverly combined to offer a comprehensive, informative and interesting account of tried and tested interventions for the person with early dementia... The easy to read guidance and advice will appeal to the busy professional, this book works well when read as a whole but is also perfect for quick reference. The guidelines for choosing the appropriate psychosocial interventions are set out clearly in a table which briefly explains the aim, the task, the intervention and relevant chapter for further reading... An essential read for every professional working with people with early dementia.
Esme Moniz-Cook is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Ageing at the Institute of Rehabilitation, University of Hull and Chair of the Board of INTERDEM, a pan-European multi-professional scientist practitioner group dedicated to developing psychological interventions and support for people with dementia and their families. She has worked in the NHS for over 25 years. Jill Manthorpe is Professor of Social Work at King's College London and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She has worked in the voluntary sector and in education for many years, concentrating on services for older people. She was a member of the NICE/SCIE dementia guidelines group and is a member of INTERDEM.