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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.

Introduction
Introduction

Dementia is a global public health issue; 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia and 7.7 million new cases are being diagnosed each year, the majority of which are in middle to low income countries (Prince et al., 2015). Alzheimer’s disease has been the second leading cause of death since 2011 in England and Wales with a similar ranking in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012). In the USA death resulting from dementia has risen by 11–15% in 2014 (National Center for Health Statistics, 2015). The cost of dementia is either matching or exceeding other chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke (Prince et al., 2015). The total cost of dementia to society in the UK is £26.3 billion, ...

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