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Palgrave Macmillan

Creative Approaches in Dementia Care

ISBN 9780230231658
Publication Date May 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A practical introduction to the use of the arts in dementia care. Based on experience, the book provides clear guidance on how to employ a variety of innovative techniques including art, music and dance therapies, to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of people with dementia.

HILARY LEE President of the Spark of Life, with a global focus on education, research and innovation. She is also the Founder of the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care (Australia) Inc. 

TREVOR ADAMS is a Lecturer and Strategic Lead in Dementia Care in the Division of Health and Social Care at the University of Surrey, UK. He is qualified in general, mental health and community mental health nursing and has worked in dementia care for over 30 years.

Foreword; G.Allen Power
Introduction; H.Lee & T.Adams
Re-igniting the Human Spirit; J.Verity & H.Lee
The Laughter Boss™; P.Spitzer
Dramatherapy and Dementia Care; J.Jaaniste
Dance Movement Psychotherapy in Dementia Care; R.Coaten
Music Therapy in Dementia Care; K.Robertson-Guillam
Art Therapy and Dementia Care; P.Baines
Applying Complementary Therapies with a Person-centred Approach; K.James
Story Matters in Dementia Care; T.Kotai-Ewers
Innovative Approaches to Reminiscence: Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today; P.Schweitzer
Getting in the Picture: Using Photography, Video and Visual Material to Enhance Communication; J.Killick & K.Allan
Creative Processes to Bring Out Expressions of Spirituality; E.MacKinlay
Creative Communication at the End of Life; J.Killick& K.Allan
Conclusion; H.Lee

KATE ALLAN is a freelance Researcher and Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the NHS, UK
PAT BAINES is an Art Therapist for Alzheimer's Australia, Tasmania, Australia
HEATHER HILL is a Dance Therapist in Melbourne, Australia
KIRSTIN JAMES is Consultant at the Victorian Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, Melbourne, Australia
JOHN KILLICK is a full-time Writer based at the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, UK
TRISHA KOTAI-EWERS is President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA), Australia
ELIZABETH MACKINLAY is Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of Canberra, Australia
PETER PRIEDNIEKS is Deputy Director of Dementia Care Matters at the University of Surrey, UK.
KIRSTIN ROBERTSON-GUILLAM is Life Engagement Officer for the Hammond Care Group, Sydney, Australia
PAM SCHWEITSER is a Writer, Theatre Director, Trainer and Lecturer and founded the Age Exchange Theatre Trust, UK
DAVID SHEARD is Director of Dementia Care Matters at the University of Surrey, UK
PETER SPITZER is Founder of the Humour Foundation, Australia
JANE VERITY is Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Australia, Victoria, Australia


'To call this book simply groundbreaking would belittle it. This is a book to break down prison walls...I have many books I value, but this book is in my top 10 from the past 40 years... I would make this an essential purchase for first-year students right across nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and psychology but this is not an exclusive list...It is hard to find a superlative to describe how heartily and sincerelyI wish to recommend this book. It is great value for money, a pleasure to read and will be one of those book you will want to treasure for the rest of your career and probably beyond.' - Sue McBean, Lecturer, University of Ulster (THE Textbook Guide 26 May 2011)
"This book will make a valuable addition to our reading lists not only in the fields of learning disability and mental health but also for all nurses caring for those with dementia." - Peter Griffin, Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
'This book brings together so many diverse and established practitioners from the field of arts and dementia care who have been pioneers in terms of the approaches adopted' - Claire Craig, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Well-being, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
'This book provides a refreshing new approach in the area of dementia care' - Christine Toye, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Post-graduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University, Australia
'What is creativity? Photographer Dewitt Jones (1999) defines it as 'a moment—a moment where we look at the ordinary, but see the extraordinary.' This simple definition describes what is so important about this book. - G. Allen Power, MD, FACP, Rochester, NY, USA (extract from the Foreword)
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