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People with Dementia Speak Out

Several books about the experiences of people with dementia have been published recently, but this one offers fresh perspective

Several books about the experiences of people with dementia have been published recently, but this one offers fresh perspective.

A collection of personal accounts of life before and after diagnosis, it is also an anthology of experience and a handbook for professionals who work with people with dementia.

The personal accounts are quoted verbatim, which gives them authenticity and uniqueness, with many conveying a sense of triumph and hope.

The author recognises that the accounts may be unrepresentative of the wider population with dementia, but rather than detract from the value of her work this highlights the diversity of those affected.

The accounts highlight the differences in how individuals live their lives and show that people with dementia are individuals first and foremost.

At the back of the book are comprehensive and informative sections about further reading, useful resources and helpful organisations, as well as

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Several books about the experiences of people with dementia have been published recently, but this one offers fresh perspective.

A collection of personal accounts of life before and after diagnosis, it is also an anthology of experience and a handbook for professionals who work with people with dementia.

The personal accounts are quoted verbatim, which gives them authenticity and uniqueness, with many conveying a sense of triumph and hope.

The author recognises that the accounts may be unrepresentative of the wider population with dementia, but rather than detract from the value of her work this highlights the diversity of those affected.

The accounts highlight the differences in how individuals live their lives and show that people with dementia are individuals first and foremost.

At the back of the book are comprehensive and informative sections about further reading, useful resources and helpful organisations, as well as a glossary and a set of frequently asked questions.

The book also includes some interesting appendices about, for example, narrative medicine and the effect of dementia on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Overall, this is an honest book that would be invaluable to the friends and families of people with dementia, but essential for nurses and other professionals involved in dementia care in any setting.

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