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Foreword by Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia
Living with Dementia: A practical guide for families and personal carers provides a sensitive, direct and highly accessible account of the complexities and challenges that a diagnosis of dementia presents. Written by aged care experts including academics, nurses, medical practitioners and family advocates, Living with Dementia offers evidence-based research, supported by clear chapter outcomes, key terms and real-world vignettes. Practical strategies are integrated throughout to support caregivers, paid and unpaid, in the home environment and in residential care settings.
The book offers advice on how to manage everyday activities such as feeding, toileting, personal hygiene and grooming, and coping with challenging behaviour. In recognising the needs of the whole person, mental stimulation and spirituality are also addressed. An introduction to commonly used medications, complementary therapies and effective communication strategies are provided, as well as information about caring for the dying, and most importantly, looking after you – the carer.
Whether you are an Assistant in Nursing, an Enrolled Nurse, a family member or a friend caring for a loved one, Living with Dementia will assist you to move beyond the negative perceptions, and enable a meaningful life for the person with dementia, within the limitations of the disease.
About the editors
Professor Esther Chang, RN, DNE AppSc(Adv. Nsg), MEdAdmin, PhD, is Director of the Higher Degree Research Program and Academic Course Advisor for the Honours Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. Working in academia since 1986, she is committed to aged, dementia and palliative care and has received numerous grants investigating nursing and health needs in older people.
Associate Professor Amanda Johnson, RN, Dip T(Ng), MHScEd, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer (Aged Care) and Director of Academic Programs – Undergraduate at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. Working in the tertiary sector since 1992, her research has focused on aged care, dementia and palliation. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of older people, those living with dementia and their families.