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Excellence in Dementia Care: Research into Practice

This updated edition about dementia has been reorganised to include chapters on dementia-friendly communities, physical design and young-onset dementia

This updated edition about dementia has been reorganised to include chapters on dementia-friendly communities, physical design and young-onset dementia.

Each chapter is headed with quotes from people with dementia or their carers that illustrate the issues raised by the author.

The new chapters are well written and relevant to today’s practice, but updates to chapters from the first edition vary.

While some have been rewritten, sometimes by new authors, others are almost identical to those in the first edition and are therefore heavy with pre-2008 references.

Notably, the information on dementia and its sub-types in chapter one does not appear to have been revised, even though there has been worthwhile new research into the topic over the past six years.

The book is a transatlantic collaboration, with some chapters authored in the UK and others in the United States. This creates problems in chapters written from a national perspective.

For example, the chapter on ethnicity and dementia is written almost entirely from an American standpoint without mentioning prominent ethnic groups in the UK, thereby limiting its value.

University libraries will stock this book and practitioners will find useful information in it, but overall it is best read by people who think about dementia care, rather than those who carry it out.

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