Dementia resources – books

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Care of older people is a major issue in the UK, yet many current concerns, and much conventional planning, are based on outdated assumptions or misunderstandings about the nature of ageing. Explore this title by James Atwood and Jenny Kartupelis where they work to shatter these myths to create new and more useful models for our society… Read more

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A new book making an important contribution to improving the every day lives of older people. Making Relational Care Work for Older People: Exploring innovation and best practice in everyday life by Jenny Kartupelis (Routledge, 2021) is reviewed by Julia Burton-Jones, our Anna Chaplaincy Church Lead… Read more

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Brian Dunlop (chair of CaBic – Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve Anna Chaplaincy for older people) reviews a book that has much to offer those encountering frailty – their own or that of a relative or friend – for the first time… Read more

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The question of how best to pray with people with dementia as they approach the end of their life is one that has surfaced recently… Read more

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In this recent edition of the podcast series 'Reading Our Times', Gerrard describes her father’s dementia and the moving book she has written about the experience... Read more

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Have you ever wondered how people cope with living with dementia? This book is a poignant and truthful account of how Robin and his wife Shoko lived with her Alzheimer’s. As the title suggests, it truly is a love story.… Read more

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Published in the USA by Moody Publishers in 2018, Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers, by Deborah Barr, brings encouragement from scripture as well as sound practical advice based on Barr’s many years of experience supporting caregivers through the Alzheimer’s Association. It is available from online Christian booksellers in the UK.… Read more

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Kathy Berry's book, When Words Fail: Practical ministry to people with dementia and their caregivers (Kregel Publications, 2019), contains practical ideas for clergy, lay ministers and caregivers about caring for spiritual needs through different stages of dementia… Read more

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Dementia-Friendly Worship: A multifaith handbook for chaplains, clergy, and faith communities (Jessica Kingsbury Publishers, 2019) contains resources to help create dementia-friendly faith communities and dementia-friendly worship experiences… Read more

Finding the Light in Dementia Jane Mulli

There may be more books than ever about dementia. But few prove as helpful and practical for those who find themselves at a loss when the diagnosis is first made than Jane Mullins' Finding the Light in Dementia: 
A guide for families and caregivers
 (DUETcare, 2017). The author is a dementia nurse consultant and has worked for the past 25 years in Memory Clinics in Bath and Cardiff… Read more

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Eileen Shamy: This book provides guidelines for those involved in pastoral visits to people with dementia - practical advice, frameworks for worship, spiritual and physical needs, memory cueing, personal worth, dignity and personal choice, and much more. It draws on her own experiences as a cleric working with older people in care settings... Read more

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Those familiar with his Facing the Future series of three books (with a fourth on the way) will be pleased to know that Dr William A.M. Cutting has now turned his attention specifically to dementia and published Dementia: A Positive Response: Hope, help and humour on the journey (Onwards and Upwards Publishing, 2018). With a Foreword by Louise Morse (well-known for her own books on dementia and her work for Pilgrims’ Friend Society), this book... Read more

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Afloat is a graphic novel that the author has self-published and, because of his career in publishing and graphic design, it is a highly professional, as well as a deeply personal, piece of work… Read more

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In this book, John Swinton develops a practical theology of dementia for caregivers, people with dementia, ministers, hospital chaplains, and medical practitioners… Buy here

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Malcolm Goldsmith offers insights and wisdom for the local church in supporting those with dementia, seeking to both guide and encourage… Buy here

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Christine Bryden was 46 years old when she was diagnosed with dementia – in this book she describes her remarkable emotional, physical and spiritual journey in the three years immediately following… Buy here

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Providing people with dementia with opportunities to engage in creative activity can play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing communication, and in reinforcing personhood and identity. This thoughtful book describes how people with dementia, and the people who work with and care for them, can foster and develop a creative approach, and provides rich and varied ideas for creative activities… Buy here