The ebook edition of this title is Open Access and is freely available to read online. This review systematically explores and assesses the quality of the evidence base for effective and supportive design of living environments for people living with Dementia.
Dementia is a major challenge for all countries, as the population with the condition is growing rapidly. Societies desperately need to identify measures which mean that they can continue to thrive with a large population of people who are cognitively impaired. Medical treatments are poor, and there
is little indication of better medications appearing in the coming decades. There is urgent need for non-medical advances which can address the challenge including ensuring environments are conducive to living better with Dementia.
Whilst there is a lot of activity in this area of Dementia friendly design, the evidence base remains poorly synthesized and weak.
This book pulls evidence together to provide a solid reference point from which further research and further developments in the field of Dementia care and support can proceed.
There are 50 million people globally living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and tens of millions further who are their caregivers. As a public service, it is important that library and information professionals learn to serve and assist those with dementia.
Designed for seasoned professionals and library science students alike, this book first presents a complete overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, as well as a basic understanding of the information needs of dementia caregivers. It then explores best practices,
guidelines, and concrete ideas for serving those with dementia and their caregivers, including:
Customer service and communication, with evidence-based suggestions for working with this population;
Information resources to best meet the reference needs of the community, as grounded in LIS user studies and health informatics;
Collection development for ongoing and appropriate mental and social stimulation of those experiencing cognitive decline; and
Programming ideas for both communities, with a wide variety of focus and content.
Lifelong learning, mental stimulation, and social connections are central to libraries’ core mission. Readers, both from library and information science and in related social services and social sciences disciplines, will gain a comprehensive toolkit for service both to those in cognitive
decline and their caregivers, meeting the needs of both communities with thoughtful and innovative practices.
Presenting research findings from recent studies which use innovative, creative approaches, including pilot projects led by the authors in the UK and Brazil, this book provides an accessible, timely, practical and jargon-free overview of how music and films are currently used in nursing homes,
dementia wards and day-care centres for the older population.
Drawing on the expertise of researchers, health care professionals and carers, the book looks at the experience of both stakeholder groups - carers and the cared-for. It provides useful, unique insights into how we might tackle the pressing real-world challenge posed by an ageing global population
and attendant increase in the number of those living with dementia.
Complemented by a downloadable ‘best-practice’ toolkit that contains tips and materials relating to film- and music-related activities for use by carers (both professionals and family members), this book fills a gap in the market by providing both academic responses and practical
solutions to a critical global challenge.