August 17, 2017

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Into the magic shop : a neurosurgeon's quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart

Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. 
Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. 

But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.

...But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.

An absent mind : a novel

Seventy-one, and a man accustomed to controlling those around him, Saul finds himself slipping into what he describes as his slow dance with death. 

His ramblings, humor, emotions, lucid moments, and confusion are laid bare, as well as the thoughts and feelings of his loved ones: his wife, Monique, conflicted and depressed, caring yet angry; his daughter, Florence, compassionate, yet proper and reserved; his son, Joey, self-centered and narcissistic, seemingly indifferent to his family's challenges; and his doctor, an Alzheimer's specialist, who cares for Saul until his final days. From the beginning Saul and his family know how it has to end, because no one has ever outsmarted Alzheimer's. But as they navigate the meandering road that will eventually bring Saul's demise, they leave behind their once disconnected lives and come together to weather their difficult journey.

Option B : facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void,'" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart?and her journal?to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl's loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.
Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. "I want Dave," she cried. Her friend replied, "Option A is not available," and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

Against Empathy : The Case for Rational Compassion.
New York Post Best Book of 2016
We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering of others as the ultimate source of goodness. Many of our wisest policy-makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers agree that the only problem with empathy is that we don't have enough of it.
Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues Yale researcher Paul Bloom. In AGAINST EMPATHY, Bloom reveals empathy to be one of the leading motivators of inequality and immorality in society. Far from helping us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and, ironically, often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it, but to draw instead upon a more distanced compassion.
Basing his argument on groundbreaking scientific findings, Bloom makes the case that some of the worst decisions made by individuals and nations--who to give money to, when to go to war, how to respond to climate change, and who to imprison--are too often motivated by honest, yet misplaced, emotions. With precision and wit, he demonstrates how empathy distorts our judgment in every aspect of our lives, from philanthropy and charity to the justice system; from medical care and education to parenting and marriage. Without empathy, Bloom insists, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and--yes--ultimately more moral.
Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, AGAINST EMPATHY shows us that, when it comes to both major policy decisions and the choices we make in our everyday lives, limiting our impulse toward empathy is often the most compassionate choice we can make.

Opening the door of your heart
During his wanderings and work over the last 30 years as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. While traditional Buddhist philosophy is at the heart of this collection, these thoughtful stories are written like playful parables, which are used to launch into a deeper exploration of subjects such as mindfulness, suffering, forgiveness, hope, wisdom and unconditional love. Told with wit and good humour, they reveal moments of compassion in the lives of ordinary people and the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings.
book review: I can't praise this book highly enough. Firstly, let me say I have no interest in pursuing Buddhism (or any other religion), and I am also not the type to be found in the "self-help" section. But this book is a thing of absolute beauty. On the two occasions I've read through it - firstly whilst going through a messy breakup in 2008, and again recently whilst confronted with a different flavour of awful - different stories have jumped out at me and helped me find peace. Reading it really is like having a calm, endlessly patient and understanding friend in the room, and I never say this, but I actually would recommend this to everyone. Yes, everyone!

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How to create a dementia - friendly garden 4 books that will help

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Alzheimer’s Australia NSW has unveiled an innovative dementia-friendly garden at its site in Bridge Street, Port Macquarie.

Using best-practice guidelines and research from around the world, along with feedback garnered through consultation with consumers and health professionals, the garden has been developed as a multi-purpose, therapeutic space that will stimulate and calm the senses.

The Hon. John Watkins AM, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia NSW said the garden will be an invaluable resource for people with dementia and their carers.

“We are incredibly proud of this unique space,” Mr Watkins said.
“Research has shown that gardens can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, agitation, panic, aggression and confusion.”
“Access to a garden has also been found to improve attention, relaxation and self-esteem. Interacting using all the senses in a garden environment can help trigger memories, and moving around the garden can help improve motor skills,” he said.

Dr Theresa Scott, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at The University of Queensland said gardens provide people with dementia access to fresh air, sunshine and exercise which can help regulate circadian rhythms and control appetite and sleeping.

“Older adults, quite simply ‘feel good around plants’, according to research. Spending time wandering through a dementia-friendly garden, tending to plants or simply admiring a flower requires effortless attention, providing relief from physically and emotionally draining experiences, and an opportunity to recharge,” Dr Scott said.

“Positive memories of one’s past can be stimulated, by being exposed to the sights and smells of nature such as plants, flowers, birds, water and insects.”
Elements to consider in creating a garden dementia-friendly include: 

  • Colour and contrast
  • Signage
  • Accessibility
  • Therapy and socialisation
  • Sensory experience

Gardens that care : planning outdoor environments for people with dementiaBehaviour symptons associated with dementia account for many negative health outcomes, such as decline in functional status, social engagement and physical activity. They also increase the cost of care. The management of these behaviour symptons associated with dementia is complex. Some strategies focus on prevention or management by medication while others focus on the environment. As we age our ability to adapt to less than optimal conditions becomes more difficult, making the role of the environment increasingly important, particularly for those who are experiencing cognitive difficulties and diminishing physical dexterity. Provision of environmental support to maintain function as long as possible is increasingly being recognised as a way to address the psychosocial needs of individuals with dementia.

Transforming the quality of life for people with dementia through contact with the natural world : fresh air on my face 

This book demonstrates why we should provide the opportunities for people with dementia to experience the great outdoors. It also gives a voice to people with dementia who have felt the benefit of getting closer to nature. The contributors explore many different ways in which people with dementia can experience and interact with nature through pursuits such as farming, gardening and walking, and the book includes a chapter on the therapeutic, life-enhancing effects of activities with animals. The book includes descriptions of projects and initiatives from around the world that have revolutionised the everyday experience of people with dementia, and made a real difference to their quality of life. Illustrated with photographs amply demonstrating the power of nature to lift the spirits and enrich life, the book will be an inspiring guide for relatives, carers and professionals who want to help people with dementia lead a richer life, experience nature fully and enjoy its many accompanying benefit

Designing outdoor spaces for people with dementia

In many facilities for people with dementia, there is often little or no access to the outdoors and to fresh air. Research shows that there are considerable benefits that come from spending time outdoors and having a good view out from a building. So, why is it that people living with dementia, often have poor access to outside spaces and the benefits that come from being outside?

'Designing Outdoor Spaces for People with Dementia' is a book that discusses how to effectively use outside spaces for people with dementia. The book is not an academic guide to research but a book for people in practice. It is filled with case studies of real examples from all over the world. The book is edited by internationally respected Mary Marshall and Annie Pollock.

Outdoor environments for people with dementia 
edited by Susan Rodiek and Benyamin Schwarz
Mounting evidence reveals that nature and outdoor environments provide individuals with dementia greater enjoyment in life, lower stress levels, and positive changes to physical well-being. Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia explores how fulfilling the fundamental genetically based need of human relationships with nature can improve the health and well-being of people with dementia. Top experts analyse current research and comprehensively examine how the design processes of gardens and parks can be closely connected to effective interventions. Evaluation tools for those with dementia are discussed, including studies of the impact of plants and outdoor activities on this population.

August 16, 2017

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias®

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias®

  Volume 32, Issue 3, May 2017

Estimating Dementia and Receipt of Informal Care Using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data
 Mary Adams
Estimates of US adults with dementia differ widely and don’t distinguish adults living in the community.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 120 485 households in 21 states that used a cognitive decline module in 2011 were used. Data for both respondents and other adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) were included through proxy responses. Using responses to questions about the receipt of informal care for their SCD and diagnosed dementia, estimates were
Combined results for respondents and nonrespondents from a representative telephone survey provide varying estimates of SCD-related measures across states, highlighting the need for state-specific estimates.
pp. 129–136

Supporting Simple Activity Engagement in Persons With Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease Through a Technology-Aided Program
Giulio E. Lancioni et al
These 2 studies assessed a technology-aided program to support mild physical exercise or simple occupational activity in participants with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.
Study 1 included 11 participants who were to perform a leg-raising response. Study 2 included 10 participants who were to sort objects into different containers. The program ensured that they received positive stimulation contingent on the responses and reminders/prompts after periods of nonresponding. Each study was carried out according to a nonconcurrent multiple baseline design across participants.
The program was successful in supporting mild physical exercise and activity with objects in the 2 groups of participants, respectively. The participants also showed signs of positive involvement (eg, smiles and verbalizations) during the sessions. Moreover, staff personnel rated the program and its impact positively.
The program may be considered a practical resource for supporting positive engagement in persons with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.
pp. 137–144

Validation of the Turkish Version of the Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment Screen
Burcu Balam Yavuz et al
The objective of this study was to validate the Turkish version of the Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment (Qmci-TR) screen.
The Qmci-TR is a reliable and useful screening tool for discriminating MCI from SMC and dementia in a Turkish population.
; pp. 145–156
Relationship Quality and Distress in Caregivers of Persons With Dementia: A Cross-Sectional Study
 Heidi Bjørge et al
This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the relationship between caregivers and care receivers, defined as home-dwelling family members with dementia.
We used a self-rating questionnaire, the Felt Expressed Emotion Rating Scale (FEERS; 6 simple questions), to measure caregiver perceptions of the care receiver’s criticisms (CCs) and emotional overinvolvement (EOI) toward the caregiver. We performed factor analyses to rank single items on the FEERS pertaining to CC and EOI. We included 208 caregiver/care receiver pairs. Logistic regression analyses tested associations between FEERS items and caregiver and care receiver variables. The main contributors to caregiver perceptions of CC were the caregiver’s own distress and the amount of time spent with the care receiver. Socially distressed caregivers perceived the care receiver as emotionally overinvolved. When offering a psychosocial intervention, a tailored program should target the caregiver’s perceived relationship with the family member and the caregiver’s distress. The program should also endeavor to give the caretaker more opportunities for leisure time.
; pp. 157–165

Concordance of Several Subcellular Interactions Initiates Alzheimer’s Dementia: Their Reversal Requires Combination Treatment
The pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease involves multiple pathways that, at the macrolevel, include decreased proliferation plus increased loss affecting neurons, astrocytes, and capillaries and, at the subcellular level, involve several elements: amyloid/amyloid precursor protein, presenilins, the unfolded protein response, the ubiquitin/proteasome system, the Wnt/catenin system, the Notch signaling system, mitochondria, mitophagy, calcium, and tau. Data presented show the intimate, anatomical interactions between neurons, astrocytes, and capillaries; the interactions between the several subcellular factors affecting those cells; and the treatments that are currently available and that might correct dysfunctions in the subcellular factors. Available treatments include lithium, valproate, pioglitazone, erythropoietin, and prazosin. Since the subcellular pathogenesis involves multiple interacting elements, combination treatment would be more effective than administration of a single drug directed at only 1 element. The overall purpose of this presentation is to describe the pathogenesis in detail and to explain the proposed treatments.
W. J. Fessel
pp. 166–181

  Volume 32, Issue 4, June 2017

Integrated Care Pathways and Care Bundles for Dementia in Acute Care: Concept Versus Evidence
 Dawn O. Sullivan
Caring for people with dementia in acute settings is challenging and confounded by multiple comorbidities and difficulties transitioning between community and acute care. Recently, there has been an increase in the development and use of integrated care pathways (ICPs) and care bundles for defined illnesses and medical procedures, and these are now being promoted for use in dementia care in acute settings. We present a review of the literature on ICPs and/or care bundles for dementia care in the acute sector. This includes a literature overview including “gray literature” such as relevant websites, reports, and government publications. Taken together, there is clearly a growing interest in and clinical use of ICPs and care bundles for dementia. However, there is currently insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of ICPs for dementia care in acute settings and limited evidence for care bundles for dementia in this setting.
pp. 189–193
Gender’s Effects to the Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease in 5 Asian Countries
 Yuan-Han Yang
Asia has the greatest population and more patients with dementia in the world. Early recognition of clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is crucial for dementia care. In order to foster collaboration in AD care, a uniformed manner to report the early clinical symptoms of AD is necessary.
Difficulties in using small trouble appliance and in handling complicated financial affairs were frequently reported in Japan female, compared to male, patients with AD. Identifying the clinical symptom of AD and the gender-related issues would be crucial in the dementia care in Asia.
 ; pp. 194–199

Examining Factors Affecting Caregiver Burden: A Comparison of Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
 Özlem Küçükgüçlü
This study was conducted to compare the caregiver burden with regard to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to determine the factors affecting the caregiver burden of patients with AD and FTD. A comparative descriptive study design was used. The sample consisted of 90 patients with AD and 44 patients with FTD and their caregivers. Sociodemographic questionnaire, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), and Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ) were used. Descriptive statistics, t tests, χ2 test, and multinominal regression were used for analysis. No difference was found with subscales and the total score of the CBI, except time dependency scale. The total NPI and FAQ scores correlated significantly, and the MMSE score did not show a significant correlation with the AD and FTD caregiver burden. The presence and frequency of neuropsychological symptoms differ among patients with FTD and AD, and different symptoms affect the caregiver burdens in both groups.
; pp. 200–206

Does Social Interaction Matter Psychological Well-Being in Persons With Dementia?
 Kyung Hee Lee
Social interaction between residents and staff is an important factor influencing sense of well-being. This study examined the relationship between staff–resident interactions and psychological well-being of persons with dementia.
A total of 831 observations of 110 persons with dementia in 17 nursing homes and 6 assisted living facilities were included. Psychological well-being was measured by observed displays of positive and negative emotional expressions. Social interaction was determined by the type of social interaction (ie, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction, and both verbal and nonverbal interactions) and the quality of interaction (ie, positive, negative, and neutral).
Verbal or both verbal and nonverbal interactions showed significant relationship with positive and negative emotional expressions. Positive interaction was significantly associated with more positive emotional expression, whereas negative interaction was not.
Staff–resident interactions are important to promote the psychological well-being of persons with dementia in residential care.
; pp. 207–212

Intergenerational Programs May Be Especially Engaging for Aged Care Residents With Cognitive Impairment: Findings From the Avondale Intergenerational Design Challenge
 Jess Rose Baker
Intergenerational programs are an authentic way to engage elders in meaningful activity and report benefits to both elders and youth. The Avondale Intergenerational Design Challenge (AVID) randomly assigned small teams of technology students aged 13 to 15 years (total N = 59) to 1 of 24 aged care residents with a range of cognitive impairment. Students met with the resident 4 times over 15 weeks and ultimately crafted a personalized item for them. Students showed no change in self-reported attitudes to elders, empathy, or self-esteem post-AVID or at 3-month follow-up, compared to a 3-month within-subject control period pre-AVID. Compared to usual lifestyle activities, residents showed significant improvements in self-reported positive affect and negative affect after student visits and were observed to be significantly more engaged during visits, especially residents with greater cognitive impairment. The personal and guided nature of intergenerational programs may be especially effective in engaging elders with cognitive impairment in meaningful activity.
; pp. 213–221

Spinal Alterations of Reil Insula in Alzheimer’s Disease
Foivos E. Petrides
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that involves numerous cellular and biochemical mechanisms resulting in synaptic alterations and extensive neuronal loss. It is primarily characterized by impairment of memory, associated frequently with mood disorders. Continuous studies have shown that insula may be an important target of AD, but neuropathological alterations have not been described extensively. In the present study, we attempted to describe the morphometric and morphological changes of the spines of Reil insula in AD in comparison with normal aging using a silver impregnation technique. We classified spines into 3 types: (1) long neck, (2) short stubby, and (3) other types; and we measured and correlated the length of them in normal controls and in individuals with AD using ImageJ application. Statistical analysis was based on the Student t test on the basis of 360 cells in SPSS v.17.0, and significance was taken as P < .05.
; pp. 222–229

Opinions and Controversies
International Summit Consensus Statement: Intellectual Disability Inclusion in National Dementia Plans
Karen Watchman
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the development and adoption of national plans or strategies to guide public policy and set goals for services, supports, and research related to dementia. It called for distinct populations to be included within national plans, including adults with intellectual disability (ID). Inclusion of this group is important as having Down’s syndrome is a significant risk factor for early-onset dementia. Adults with other ID may have specific needs for dementia-related care that, if unmet, can lead to diminished quality of old age. An International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia, held in Scotland, reviewed the inclusion of ID in national plans and recommended that inclusion goes beyond just description and relevance of ID. Reviews of national plans and reports on dementia show minimal consideration of ID and the challenges that carers face. The Summit recommended that persons with ID, as well as family carers, should be included in consultation processes, and greater advocacy is required from national organizations on behalf of families, with need for an infrastructure in health and social care that supports quality care for dementia.
; pp. 230–237

August 15, 2017

books for the healthcare professional

Augmentative communication strategies for adults with acute or chronic medical conditions

1. An introduction to AAC services for adults with chronic medical conditions : who, what, when, where, and why -- 
2. AAC in the intensive care unit -- 
3. Brainstem impairment -- 
4. Spinal cord injury -- 
5. Traumatic brain injury -- 
6. Severe aphasia -- 
7. Primary progressive aphasia -- 
8. Dementia -- 
9. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- 
10. AAC intervention for progressive conditions : multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and  Huntington's disease -- 
11. AAC for people with head and neck cancer -- 
12. AAC decision-making teams: achieving change and maintaining social support 

Caring for people with dementia : a shared approach

Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents Christine Brown Wilson's latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers. The text first guides the reader through the underpinning theory behind the different approaches to person centred and relationship centred care and provides case scenarios with a range of practical strategies staff and students have developed and implemented. It then presents the different levels of the organisational change using practical strategies adopting a person centred and relationship centred approach involving the person with dementia and their families. This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Allen Power: Positioning and Unmet Needs in Dementia

If you saw Dr Power at the  ADI 2015 conference in Perth Enhancing Well-Being: How Do We Get There?  Or if you didn’t go to the conference and missed his presentation check out these resources - we have   DVDs   featuring him and books by him:

 Dementia beyond drugs - changing the culture of care

Embracing humanistic, enlightened practices that address all the common challenges in dementia care, this book describes culture change within residential care settings while reducing the administration of psychotropic drugs.
Introduction : what it isn't, what it is
The universe of dementia : and what lies beyond
The pill paradigm : a critical look at medication use
""I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"" : experiencing the institutional model
""Abandon hope"" : a deeper look at institutionalization
""Other eyes"" : introducing the experiential model
Putting the dragon to sleep : deinstitutionalizing care environments
Bingo and bird funerals : meaning and activity in daily life
Death of the nursing home? : aging in community
Face to face : basic interpersonal approaches
Getting past the words : language and communication
""I know you're my friend"" : general advice for anxiety and agitation
""I want to go home"" : approaches to specific scenarios
""They're poisoning the food"" : nondrug approaches to paranoia, hallucinations and delusions
""How low can you go?"" : can we achieve drug-free care?

Dementia beyond disease - enhancing well-being 
Focusing on seven essential domains of well-being, G. Allen Power, M.D., a board-certified geriatrician, challenges readers to evaluate their attitudes, expectations, and approaches and to embrace new ways of thinking that will lead to better solutions to problems encountered in all types of care settings. Learn how to overturn the prevailing disease-based care practices by emphasizing well-being and the many ways it can be enhanced in people with dementia. See how current care practices chronically erode individual well-being and then discover more dignified and strengths-based alternatives that build it up.
Inspiring and highly readable, this book boldly confronts widely accepted dementia care practices and presents approaches that promise a new and hopeful vision for achieving the best possible outcomes for every person touched by this debilitating disease. From the internationally acclaimed author of the ground breaking and award-winning book Dementia Beyond Drugs, comes another eye-opening exploration of how to improve the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them.

Excellence in dementia care: research into practice

Ed. Murna Downs and Barbara Bowers
This scholarly yet accessible textbook is the most comprehensive single text in the field of dementia care. Drawn from research evidence, international expertise and good practice guidelines, the book has been crafted alongside people with dementia and their families. Case studies and quotes in every chapter illustrate the realities of living with dementia and bring the theory to life.
Fully updated with 10 brand new chapters, this landmark textbook has enormous breadth and gives an authoritative overview of dementia care.
The 2nd edition now includes chapters on the following topics:
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Representations of dementia in the media
  • Younger people with dementia
  • The arts and dementia
  • Relationships within families or with family carers
  • Whole person assessment
  • Transitions in care
With engaging and varied pedagogy in each chapter this authoritative and compelling textbook is an absolute must purchase for a range of professionals and academics. Those working or volunteering in health and social care, undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of disciplines in health and social work, and anyone interested in the field of dementia care will find this text enlightening and essential.

Models and pathways for person-centered elder care
This critical resource explores the path to accomplishing organisational change. It guides by example and reveals what is possible and how to overcome the challenges to be faced when effecting change. For practitioners, educators, funders, advocates, surveyors, and professional staff from nurses to social workers to administrators, Models and Pathways for Person-Centered Elder care provides detailed accounts of what person-centered care looks like in practice, essential considerations for the workforce, tips and ideas for overcoming common barriers, a solid business case for implementing culture change and gaining competitive advantages, concrete perspectives on the issues and processes surrounding new ways of providing care.

August 12, 2017

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