Book review – Excellence in Dementia Care (Murna Downs and Barbara Bowen)

Excellence in Dementia Care: Research into Practice

Star rating: 4/5

Murna Downs and Barbara Bowen (eds) – McGraw Hill/OU

ISBN 9780335223756

Dementia now affects 24 million people worldwide – a figure which is expected to double every 20 years – yet far too often high-quality dementia care has not been prioritised. This book recognises that a diagnosis of dementia does not automatically signify the end, and that there is still life to be lived. As Professor Peter Whitehouse says: “Our job as human beings and healers is to preserve the quality of life unto its end as best we can.”

The book, aimed at practitioners, professionals and academics, involves an impressive and wide-ranging array of contributors from both the UK and the US. The book’s aim is to make excellence part of everyday practice in dementia care, by presenting evidence – from research, practice wisdom and personal experience – and providing clear strategies for sustainable change.

The book includes learning objectives and exercises, encouraging the reader to actively engage with the material. There is also an insightful preface from Daphne Wallace, a retired psychiatrist now experiencing early dementia.

It’s an admirably comprehensive and user-friendly resource for anyone with a professional or personal interest in excellent dementia care.

Sheri Kerr is a social care manager

Published in the 14 May 2009 edition of Community Care

 

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