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Understanding Dementia
Author: Michael Bender

ISBN: 9781853024795
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.8
Understanding Dementia develops an integrated model of dementia which is based on social, political and psychological factors and, above all, which is person centered, focusing on the importance of the experience and emotions of the person with dementia. It brings together ideas on dementia from social and clinical psychology, psychotherapy and linguistics, and outlines the key theoretical issues and practical concerns in this expanding and significant field.Part 1 compares existing models of dementia, stressing the limitations of the organic model. The social model of dementia is also considered, in particular how it helps in understanding and changing therapists' often negative attitudes to older people with dementia. Part 2 describes Cheston and Bender's integrated socio-psychological model which combines the person-centered model and the social model and emphasizes the emotions, social context and sense of identity of the person with dementia. It focuses on the potential of carers to support sufferers' own understanding of the process they are engaging in. The penultimate part of the book shows how this model can be applied to improve the quality of assessments of de...

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