Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient
Author: Ronda Parsons
Rowman & Littlefield
Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient offers a positive new approach to handling dementia patients and stems from the author’s ten years of experience. It’s designed to help fellow caregivers understand the stages of dementia and how to create connections and positive experiences through them all.
This guide is highly recommended for caregivers and professionals who deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients on a daily basis. Where other guides may talk about communication and management, this book reaches beyond these subjects and addresses the fundamentals of life – joy and meaning – and emphasizes patient individuality; not a ‘one size fits all’ program.
Chapters empower caregivers by exploring their key roles in defining and imparting this sense of meaning and joy in everyday interactions, and they outline the types of experiences that lend to not just better understanding, but alternative ways of interaction that achieve better, more positive results for everyone.
In many ways Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient fills in the gaps created by similar-sounding books by discussing the complications of memory changes and the psychological reactions of patients and caregivers during the process. Each chapter concludes with tangible insights, communication tips that emphasize flexibility and understanding, and approaches that lend dignity and joy into every encounter.
Compelling and satisfyingly specific, Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient offers what few others have achieved: a sense of renewed purpose and concrete approaches that go beyond ‘handling’ and move into areas of positive experiences for all involved.
*D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review