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ABC of Dementia

Bernard Coope (Editor), Felicity Richards (Editor)
May 2014, ©2014, BMJ Books
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ABC of Dementia is a practical guide to help healthcare professionals develop knowledge, skills, confidence and an understanding of dementia, in order to support those with dementia to live well.

It begins with the cognitive disabilities and underlying brain diseases that define dementia, before moving on to diagnostic assessment and early intervention for dementia. There is a focus on the experience of the person with dementia and their families, highlighting the journey from diagnosis to end of life, including the role of person-centred care, and the limited therapeutic options available.

Separate chapters address dementia in acute hospital settings, primary care, and care for those with the most severe challenges, as well as the specific needs of younger people developing dementia. The ethical and legal context of dementia care is also outlined.

From a multidisciplinary author team, ABC of Dementia is a valuable resource for general practitioners, family physicians and other health care professionals caring for patients with dementia and related disorders. It is also relevant for geriatricians, psychologists, specialist and practice nurses, and nursing home staff.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction–A Call to Action ix

1 Dementia in the UK 1
Bernard Coope

2 Causes of Dementia 5
Georgios Theodoulou

3 Assessment 10
Bernard Coope and Felicity A. Richards

4 Early Intervention for Dementia 14
Bernard Coope and Tanya Jacobs

5 Drug Treatment 18
Solmaz Sadaghiani

6 Dementia and Families 22
Jenny La Fontaine

7 Person-Centred Care 26
Dawn Brooker

8 Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) 31
Dhanjeev Marrie and Sally Williams

9 Dementia in Younger People 37
Peter Bentham

10 Dementia in Primary Care 42
Simon Rumley

11 Dementia in the Acute Hospital 47
Elizabeth Ward Daryl L. Leung and Georgios Theodoulou

12 Dementia and the Law 51
Felicity A. Richards and Jelena Jankovic

13 End-of-Life Care in Dementia 56
Kay de Vries

Index 61

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Author Information

Bernard Coope, Associate Medical Director, Consultant Older Adult Psychiatrist, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, UK.

Felicity Richards, Consultant Older Adult Psychiatrist, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, UK.

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February 2014
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