Mumsnetbloggers were talking about dementia and I picked it up on twitter this morning. It reminded me of a book I had to help care for my own Father-in-law.
This would not be your normal read, however with life expectancy increasing and dementia being diagnosed more, it has become more obvious that there is little training in how to cope as a carer of someone with dementia. Contented Dementia by Oliver James, published by Vermilion ISBN 9780091901806. The book offers ground breaking and practical methods for managing dementia for the patient and the carer.
I read this after my father-in-law was diagnosed with the condition and it helped me and has since helped several other carers. My husband’s Aunt also remembers attending some of the bridge games mentioned in the book where dementia patients attended. She remembers being asked to play bridge and not react to any of the strange behaviour of other players, as they were being encouraged to interact.
Nothing beats personal experience for helping others to deal with an incurable illness. Do read this book and pass it on to someone who could benefit from its content.