Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned.
Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to:
• maintain their relationships with others
• maintain their self-identity
• slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
• stave off boredom
• experience happiness and pleasure.
Live and Laugh with Dementia also addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.
Nursing Times, September 2015
“an amazing inspiring manual of making life with dementia as positive as possible …. She writes with enthusiasm and insight. It’s a book full of wonderful gifts of knowledge”
In Touch – Alzheimer’s Australia Magazine, June 2015
“I hope that occupational therapists will be challenged and inspired by Lee-Fay to elaborate on the importance of supporting persons with dementia as occupational beings to experience quality of life.”
Fifty Plus News, March 2015
“A great resource … Broken into logical sequences with easy to read tables of activities and clear concise language …”
Australian Journal of Dementia, March 2015
“Once I got into the text I was amazed and delighted by the number and profundity of the insights it contains. It is packed with very good advice about communication, activities, and relationships, and I cannot imagine any carer not benefiting from it hugely.”
Ann Gray, Owner/Manager Coombe House, Cornwall UK
“An excellent book, packed with easy to follow ideas illustrating what more of us need to know – caring for people with dementia can also be fun!”
Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health
Montefiore Chair of Healthy Brain Ageing Co-Director, CHeBA (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing) Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre University of New South Wales
Lee-Fay Low has a knack of putting complicated processes into simple and easy to follow language. Her writing is vibrant and entertaining yet informative and educative. Drawing from her experience and research, Associate Professor Low provides case studies which guide the reader effortlessly into how to engage people with dementia and practical ways to tackle thorny problems in care. She demonstrates strategies that aim to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their family carers. Recommended.