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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407028873
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Contented Dementia

24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being

The paperback of Oliver James's Sunday Times bestselling groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia and Alzheimer's

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness.

A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present.

Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, Contented Dementia provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407028873
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Oliver James

Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Contented Dementia. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.

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Praise for Contented Dementia

a revolutionary new way of treating dementia brings amazing benefits for patients and carers alike


an indispensable handbook for anyone coping with the effects of dementia and who wants to keep a sufferer as happy as is humanly possible

Daily Express

Explains a revolutionary way to care for dementia patients ... tender techniques that can ease absent minds


I bought it and can confirm that anyone who wants help in caring for the condition will find this excellent work a revelation

Bel Mooney, Mail on Sunday

I found myself weeping ... An important book

Sarah Stacey, YOU magazine

Oliver James has made a great job of setting out the SPECAL theory and method in this book which I strongly recommend to all care home managers and staff teams

John Burton, Caring Times

remarkably simple ... The resulting well-being can last a lifetime

Yours magazine

Shows how to minimize that distress and manage the dementia in ways that recall early pioneering work on dealing with madness . . . He writes clearly and plainly, gives good examples of the techniques he suggests, and stays always on the practical side. I expected this book to be depressing; it is exactly the opposite.

The Independent

shows that dementia need not be a nightmare of frustration and embarrassment ... James shows that it is possible to unlock isolation and distress

Church Times

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