Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia

Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia

By: Chris Clarke (editor), Emma Wolverson (editor), Helen Irwin (contributor), Bob Woods (contributor), Christine Bryden (contributor), John Killick (contributor), Tony Ryan (contributor), Norris Norris (contributor), Patterson Patterson (contributor), Elspeth Stirling (contributor)Paperback

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How can positive psychology approaches help us to understand the process of adjustment to, and living well with dementia? As accounts of positive experiences in dementia are increasingly emerging, this book reviews current evidence and explores how psychological constructs such as hope, humour, creativity, spirituality, wisdom, resilience and personal growth may be linked with wellbeing and quality of life in dementia. Expert contributors from a range of academic and clinical backgrounds examine the application of positive psychological concepts to dementia and dementia care practice. The lived experiences of people with dementia are central to the book, and their voices bring life to the ideas explored, highlighting how positive experiences in dementia and dementia care are possible.

About Author

John Killick has been the Writer in Residence and Poet Mentor on several Poetry and Dementia projects over the last 25 years. He currently runs a residential Poetry and Dementia course in Wales. Christine Bryden has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a senior executive in the Australian Prime Minister's Department. Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 1995, she has been instrumental in setting up local support groups for people with dementia and has addressed national and international conferences. In 2003 she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer's Disease International. Her first book Who will I be when I die? was published in 1998 and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.


Foreword by Christine Bryden. Preface. 1. Ageing, Health and Positive Psychology. Elspeth Stirling, Clinical Psychologist, UK. 2. A Positive Psychology Approach to Dementia. Dr Chris Clarke, Research Tutor, Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, University of Hull, UK, Dr Emma Wolverson, Academic and Research Tutor, Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, University of Hull and Professor Esme Moniz-Cook, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Center of Dementia Research and Practice, University of Hull. 3. Wellbeing in Dementia. Dr Alison Phinney, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada. 4. Hope and Dementia. Emma Wolverson and Chris Clarke. 5. Humour and Dementi. Chris Clarke and Helen Irwin, University of Hull. 6. Resilience and Living Well with Dementia. Phyllis Brady Harris, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, Department of Sociology, Director of Aging Studies, John Carroll University, USA. 7. Growth. Emma Wolverson and Kirsty M. Patterson, University of Hull. 8. Creativity and Dementia. John Killick. 9. Spirituality and Wisdom. Andrew Norris and Professor Bob Woods, Director, Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), Bangor University, UK. 10. Positive Psychology and Relational Dementia Care: Creating an 'Enriched Environment'. Tony Ryan and Mike Nolan. 11. Positive Experiences in Dementia Caregiving. Dr Catherine Quinn, REACH: The Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health, School of Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781849056106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781849056106
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 1849056102

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