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Reviews of the previous edition:

"Dementia care has come of age with this book. It will provide knowledge, encouragement and motivation to a hard-pressed workforce."
Mary Marshall OBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Stirling, Scotland

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

"Written by leading theorists from a range of countries, this comprehensive text is a unique achievement. The expertise of researchers, practitioners and academic tutors is brought together in a stimulating, informative and sometimes provocative read."
Nursing Standard

"Essential and required reading for anyone interested in dementia care, ranging from first-year health and social care students (of any discipline) right through to experienced academics."
John Keady, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester, UK

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.

Contributors: Kate Allan, Clive Baldwin, Jesse F. Ballenger, Anne Basting, Linda Boise, Barbara Bowers, Carol Brayne, Errollyn Bruce, Georgina Charlesworth, Habib Chaudhury, Linda Clare, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Heather Cooke, Karen Croucher, Murna Downs, Brandi Estey-Burtt, Simon Evans, Richard H. Fortinsky, Jane Fossey, Katherine Froggatt, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Claire Goodman, Cathy Henwood, Amy Illsley, John Killick, Amy Kind, Pia Kontos, Rachel Litherland, Michael L. Malone, Benjamin T. Mast, Kimberly Nolet, Jan Oyebode, Tonya Roberts, Steven R. Sabat, Pam Schweitzer, Blossom Stephan, Sarah Vallelly, Carol J. Whitlatch, John Young, Judy M. Zarit, Steven H. Zarit and Hannah Zeilig.

Cover Image © Cathy Greenblat

"Awareness of dementia is at its highest and this reflects the importance of the condition for individuals, their families, health and social care services and the wider community. While we have made significant advances in the care for people with dementia and their families, there is much work yet to be done. This book provides a fantastic framework in which to set our understanding of dementia and to take things forward."
Alistair Burns, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of ¿Manchester, UK

"This edition of Excellence in Dementia Care provides an important, new and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in caring for the diversity of people with dementia. The international authors and global focus have created a unique textbook that will help educators, students and the broader care community to better understand the challenges and opportunities related to dementia care. I am particularly excited about this new edition because it goes beyond the individual and the family by showcasing efforts to create dementia-friendly communities and adapt physical design, offers a critical perspective on how dementia is portrayed in the media, literature and the arts, tackles issues related to whole person assessment, care planning and care transitions, and addresses the unique concerns of living with young-onset dementia. This volume is a welcome addition to the dementia care toolbox and will prove valuable to a very diverse international audience."
Dr Robyn I. Stone, Senior VP for Research, LeadingAge, Washington DC, USA

"The depth and breadth of this book invites all involved in practice, research and policy to reconsider dementia as something other than a degenerative brain disease and to shift their perspective to the person. The voice of the individual living with dementia, their family, care partners and collaborating professionals are all reconsidered within the context of our current evidenced-based knowledge. This book deeply challenges the status quo of dementia care and sets an expectation for so much more."
Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI PolicyWorks, USA

"This text will meet the needs of registered and preregistered student nurses working with people with dementia. It skilfully discusses all aspects of dementia drawing on the work of a number of experts in the field. The book considers the biological, social and physiological impact of the condition. It presents a balanced discussion of current research and thinking on the treatment of the condition and the care of dementia sufferers and their families. New and updated chapters help ensure readers of this text gain a holistic understanding of contemporary issues around this distressing and life-limiting condition."
Nichola Barlow, Senior Lecturer Adult Nursing, University of Huddersfield, UK

"The first edition of this book was a vitally important and a key text in its field combining the talents of multiple experts in dementia and older people’s care. It is pleasing to say that the second edition is equally as pivotal in gathering key expertise and providing the reader with the essential and important insight to provide forward-thinking care. The text takes forwards the concepts of dementia-friendly communities and explores the crucial topics of care in acute wards and end of life care. The text is a comprehensive book that would be useful to many health and social care professionals across a range of diverse organisations within the NHS, Voluntary Sector and other private and public health sector providers. Anyone working with older people and people with dementia and their carers should have access to a copy within their organization or I would strongly encourage individuals to purchase their own copy. I feel this is an essential text for anyone teaching health and social care courses from undergraduate to postgraduate students across a range of health and social care education settings. The sound evidence base to each chapter allows people working with individuals with dementia and their families to have access to the evidence quickly and easily, which is ultimately useful to practitioners and staff working on the ground. I feel this text is long overdue and of immense value to the field."
Donna Doherty, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, UK

"Bravo to the authors of Excellence in Dementia Care! They have created a must read guidebook for those providing care to persons experiencing cognitive changes and their families. This collaborative effort focuses on successful provider strategies encompassing topics across the dementia journey and is filled with spot on, relevant, and timely information. Best of all, this work is loaded with real case studies to help translate knowledge to practice, making it a true resource for all practitioners."
Suzanne Bottum-Jones, MA, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


Foreword by Doug Brown and Maria Carrillo
Preface by Daphne Wallace
Preface by Barbara Woodward-Carlton

Part 1 The context of dementia care
Chapter 1: Prevalence and projections of dementia
Chapter 2: Dementia friendly communities
Chapter 3: Ethnicity and dementia
Chapter 4: Ethics in dementia care: storied lives, storied ethics
Chapter 5: Dementia as a public health issue: research or services?
Chapter 6: Representations of people with dementia in the media and in literature
Chapter 7: Living with young-onset dementia

Part 2 Conceptualizing dementia care
Chapter 8: A bio-psycho-social approach to dementia
Chapter 9: Selfhood and the body in dementia care
Chapter 10: The arts in dementia care
Chapter 11: Design matters in dementia care: the role of the physical environment in dementia care settings

Part 3 Best practice dementia care for the person
Chapter 12: Understanding and enhancing the relationship between people with dementia and their family carers
Chapter 13: Support families coping with dementia: flexibility and change
Chapter 14: Supporting cognitive abilities
Chapter 15: Working with life history
Chapter 16: Understanding behaviour
Chapter 17: Communication and relationships: an inclusive social world
Chapter 18: Supporting health and physical well-being

Part 4 Care pathways
Chapter 19: Diagnosis and early post-diagnostic support
Chapter 20: Whole person assessment and care planning
Chapter 21: Living at home
Chapter 22: Acute care of people with dementia in the general hospital
Chapter 23: The role of specialist housing in supporting older people with dementia
Chapter 24: Care homes
Chapter 25: Palliative care
Chapter 26: Grief and bereavement
Chapter 27: Supporting persons with dementia through transitions in care

Part 5 Making sustainable change happen in dementia care: changing the culture of care
Chapter 28: Involving people with dementia in service development and evaluation
Chapter 29: A trained and supported workforce
Chapter 30: Leadership in dementia care



ISBN-13: 9780335245345
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (Open University Press)
Publication date: September, 2014
Pages: 608
Dimensions: 188.00 x 248.90 x 32.00

Subcategories: Nursing, Psychiatry


Murna Downs is Professor in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, UK, and Head of the Bradford Dementia Group, the academic Division of Dementia Studies within the School of Health Studies. Her research interests focus on promoting quality of life through the development and evaluation of care and services for people with dementia and their families. She has published on a variety of topics including primary care and the end of life care for people with dementia.

Barbara Bowers is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Professor Bowers has a long history of conducting research in care homes, with a particular interest in work force development and organizational influences on care practices. Professor Bowers' recent research focuses on practice variations in culture change models and the influence of worker training and development. Her work includes consultation to state and federal government work groups on long term care practices and models.