Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents Christine Brown Wilson’s latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers. The text first guides the reader through the underpinning theory behind the different approaches to person centred and relationship centred care and provides case scenarios with a range of practical strategies staff and students have developed and implemented. It then presents the different levels of the organisational change using practical strategies adopting a person centred and relationship centred approach involving the person with dementia and their families. This book will be indispensable reading for all nursing and healthcare students and practitioners who want to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Chapter 1: Common Myths Associated with the Condition Known as Dementia
Common Myths Associated with the Condition Known as Dementia
By the end of this chapter, the reader will be able to:
- Identify common myths and stereotypes associated with dementia.
- Critically discuss relevant evidence to dispel common myths and stereotypes relating to people with dementia.
- Explain the trajectory of dementia from assessment to end of life.
- Reflect on the implications for practice when working with people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Dementia is a misunderstood term associated with a range of myths and stereotypes. This is due to many people not being aware what is meant by the term or why dementia might affect different people in different ways. The purpose of this chapter is to thoughtfully examine some of ...