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.
List of Contributors vii
Introduction–A Call to Action ix
1 Dementia in the UK 1
2 Causes of Dementia 5
3 Assessment 10
Bernard Coope and Felicity A. Richards
4 Early Intervention for Dementia 14
Bernard Coope and Tanya Jacobs
5 Drug Treatment 18
6 Dementia and Families 22
Jenny La Fontaine
7 Person-Centred Care 26
8 Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) 31
Dhanjeev Marrie and Sally Williams
9 Dementia in Younger People 37
10 Dementia in Primary Care 42
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