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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843106838
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bob Woods is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People at Bangor University, Wales, UK. For over 40 years he combined clinical work in the NHS with research which has helped to develop and evaluate psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers, including cognitive stimulation and reminiscence work.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction: Personalising psychosocial interventions to individual need and context - Esme Moniz-Cook, University of Hull, UK, and Jill Manthorpe., King's College London, UK. 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? - Hilary J. Husband, University of East Anglia, UK . 3. Timely psychosocial interventions in a memory clinic - Esme Moniz-Cook, University of Hull, UK,Gillian Gibson, Jas Harrison and Hannah Wilkinson, all Hull Memory Clinic. Part II: Cognitive and memory support. 4. Working with memory problems: cognitive rehabilitation in early dementia - Dr Linda Clare, University of Wales Bangor, UK. 5. Cognitive stimulation for people with mild cognitive impairment and early dementia - Dr Inge Cantegreil-Kallen, Jocelyne de Rotrou and Anne-Sophie Rigaud, all Broca Hospital, Paris, France. 6. GRADIOR: A personalised computer-based cognitive training programme for early intervention in dementia - Manuel Franco, Intras Foundation, Spain, Kate Jones, University of Wales Bangor, Bob Woods, University of Wales Bangor and Pablo Gomez, Intras Foundation, Spain. 7. Memory groups for people with early dementia - Molly Burnham, UK. 8. Health technologies for people with early dementia: the ENABLE project - Suzanne Cahill,Trinity College, Dublin, Emer Begley, Trinity College, Dublin, and Inger Hagen, Oslo, Norway. Part III: Psychological, emotional and social support. 9. Group psychotherapy for people with early dementia - Richard Cheston, University of Bath, UK. 10. Art therapy: getting in touch with inner self and outside world - Steffi Urbas, Alzheimer Therapiezentrum der Neurologischen Klinik, Bad Aibling, Germany. 11. A host of golden memories: individual and couples group reminiscence - Irene Carr, Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, Karen Jarvis, Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust, Hull, UK, and Esme Moniz-Cook. 12. Developing group support for men with mild cognitive difficulties and early dementia - Jill Manthorpe and Esme Moniz-Cook. 13. Group psycho-educational intervention for family carers - Rabih Chattat, University of Bologna, Italy, Marie Gianelli, University of Genova, Italy, and Giancarlo Savorani, S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy. Part IV: Developing evidence-based psychosocial support services. 14. The Meeting Centres Support Group Programme - Rose-Marie Droes, Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Franka Meiland, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jacomine de Lange, Trimbos-Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Centre for Quality of Care Research, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Willem van Tliburg, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 15. Personalised disease management for people with dementia: the primary carer support programme - Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Maud Graff, the Alzheimer's Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Marcel Olde Rikkert, University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 16. Carer interventions in the voluntary sector - Georgina Charlesworth, University College London, UK, Joanne Halford, UK, Fiona Poland, University of East Anglia, UK, and Susan Vaughan, UK. List of contributors. Index.

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