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Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing: A Person-Centred Guide for People with Dementia, Their Partners, Caregivers and Professionals

by Danuta Lipinska Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Despite being integral parts of all our identities, sexuality, sex and intimacy are what many would call the Last Taboo in dementia care, usually seen as 'problem behaviours' to be stopped and dealt with.


Informed by a combination of accessible neuroscience and person-centred compassion, Danuta Lipinska's new book shows that the human need for intimacy, attachment and sexual expression is as important for supporting the wellbeing and personhood of people with dementia as communication and care. Considering the brain as the body's biggest sex organ, it examines the cognitive changes that occur in dementia and what these changes mean in the context of sexual behaviour and consent. Applying straightforward methods and drawing on many conversations with men and women living with dementia, the book is a revealing read for those living with dementia and their families, as well as the professionals working with them. It ultimately explains how it's possible to understand and support the sexual identity and wellbeing of people who have dementia, while addressing the fine balance between vulnerability and the right to self-expression.


Market: Dementia care practitioners, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, therapists; people with dementia and their partners and families.

Foreword by Caroline Baker. Introduction. 1. Dementia and Wellbeing. 2. In the Beginning....Biology. 3. Responding to the need for sensuality, sexuality and intimacy. 4. Person-centred conversations about sex, dementia and wellbeing. 5. Explorations Through Training. Afterword by Sally Knocker. References.

'Wonderful ... The case studies are really helpful in helping us to understand all aspects of dementia, sex and wellbeing, and the points for reflection could also be used as part of an informative discussion or training session with staff.'

- Caroline Baker, Director of Dementia Care, Barchester Healthcare


'A very valuable and informative volume, bringing together the two complex issues of sex and dementia ... that cannot, and should not, be ignored.'

- Peter Wells, Accredited sex and relationship therapist and supervisor, Anglican Priest and Honorary Canon

Danuta Lipinska has worked with people with dementia in the community for over thirty years. She has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counselling, both from the University of New Hampshire, USA. Danuta has worked as Director of Elderly Services in a communi Caroline Baker is Director of Dementia Care at Four Seasons Health Care. She was a Consultant Trainer in Dementia Care Mapping and Person-Centred Care at Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford University.