People with Dementia Speak Out (Paperback)
In People with Dementia Speak Out, twenty-three people from diverse backgrounds share their experiences of living with dementia.The contributors are honest about the frustrations and fears they face, but overall there is remarkably little self-pity and a great deal of optimism. The personal accounts demonstrate that with the right support at the right time, and above all with opportunities to continue to contribute to society in a meaningful way, it is possible to live well with dementia. These fascinating stories bring to life the characters behind the collective term 'people with dementia', and show that each person with dementia is a unique individual with their own personality, history, beliefs, cultural affinities and sense of humour, and their own way of adapting to the disabilities and opportunities which this condition confers. This unique collection of personal testimonies will be reassuring and encouraging for those coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia, for their families and carers, and is essential reading for health and social care professionals at all levels.
Lucy Whitman is a writer, editor and trainer, and a former teacher in further education. She cared for her mother who had dementia, which inspired her first anthology, Telling Tales About Dementia: Experiences of Caring, also published by JKP. Lucy has worked extensively with family carers, and writes regularly for the Journal of Dementia Care. She lives in London, UK.