Live and Laugh with Dementia (eBook)

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Dementia is affecting more people than ever. For each person afflicted, their family are faced with hard decisions about how to look after them. A valuable and inspiring resource, this book focuses on how to make living with dementia as positive as possible, as well as offering practical suggestions and activities that can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Dr Lee-Fay Low is a leading researcher in the field, and has created Live and Laugh with Dementia to support loved ones and carers in maximising quality of life for the sufferer by helping them maintain their self-identity and continue to experience happiness.

SPECIFICATIONS: eBook  Download | 256 Pages |

Dr Lee-Fay Low is a leading researcher in the field of dementia. She co-led the largest controlled study of humour therapy in the world. The Sydney Multisite Study of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) project involved 36 residential aged care facilities and over 400 residents. Dr Low is also an expert on non-pharmacological management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and has published on models of dementia service delivery — these have been adopted by the NSW state government. She has also published on mental health service delivery and national data on mental health hospitalisations. Dr Low leads the community care node at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW, and has published original research, review and policy pieces on different models of community care. She is also a leading researcher internationally on dementia literacy (also known as dementia knowledge and beliefs), having conducted one of the most comprehensive population-based studies of dementia literacy in Australia, which has had international implications. The results of this body of research influenced Alzheimer’s Australia’s Mind Your Mind risk-reduction program, and the message of Australian Dementia Awareness Week 2008. Dr Low is a prominent researcher in the area of dementia in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups in Australia. She has been active in setting a research agenda, conducting, encouraging and facilitating research in the area, and in knowledge translation. She works closely with the Alzheimer’s Australia Cross-Cultural Network and multicultural organisations and represented the interests of CALD groups on the NSW Dementia Expert Advisory Panel that oversaw the development of the NSW Dementia Services Framework (2010–2015).

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