ABC of Dementia is a practical guide, written with the needs of professionals in training in mind. Its aim is to enable readers to explore attitudes towards dementia, and find the knowledge and skills required in the important task of supporting the lives of people with dementia and their carers. This new edition is designed to assist students and practitioners working within both primary and secondary care settings with the diagnosis, treatment and provision of care. It covers the causes of dementia, diagnostic assessment, early intervention, pharmacological treatment, person-centred care, legal and ethical issues, and more.
This resource has been thoroughly revised to reflect the most recent research and evidence-based practice. New and expanded content addresses dementia and frailty in care homes, explores the role of technology in the treatment of dementia, discusses working with minority groups, and examines case studies.
- Aids healthcare professionals in developing the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for those with dementia
- Highlights the importance of person-centred care and the effects of dementia on families and carers.
- Describes the cognitive changes and neurological disorders central to dementia
- Addresses the needs of younger people developing dementia
- Provides guidance on managing dementia in primary care, the acute hospital and end-of-life care settings
- Covers the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (NPSD)
- Features numerous full-colour photographs and illustrations
ABC of Dementia is a must-have for healthcare students, general practitioners, and other healthcare professionals caring for people with dementia. It will also be of interest to members of the general public who wish to know more about dementia.
List of Contributors vii
1 Dementia in the UK 1
2 Causes of Dementia 5
Georgios Theodoulou and Ranjeev Jaswal
3 Assessment of Dementia 11
Bernard Coope and Felicity A. Richards
4 Intervening Early in Dementia 15
Bernard Coope and Tanya Jacobs
5 Pharmacological Treatment 19
6 Dementia and Families 23
Jenny La Fontaine
7 Person‐centred Care 29
8 Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (NPSD) 35
9 Dementia in Younger People 41
10 Dementia in Primary Care 47
11 Dementia in the Acute Hospital 51
12 Dementia and the Law 57
Felicity A. Richards and Jelena Jankovic
13 End‐of‐life (EOL) Care in Dementia 63
Saskie Dorman and Andy Brogan
14 Dementia in Other Settings 69
Michelle Hughes and Rachel Christian‐Edwards