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Hearing the voice of older people with dementia

Dorothy Runnicles

in Mental Health and Care Homes

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0006
Hearing the voice of older people with dementia

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Dementia is probably the condition that people nowadays fear the most. However, there is increasing attention paid to the subject, for example in the media and in the form of first person accounts. This chapter gives several examples of how people with dementia can make their voices heard and how they can be helped to express themselves. The author emphasizes the importance of understanding the person with dementia through knowing his/her life history and encouraging family members to maintain their close and supportive relationships, even when the person with dementia has moved into residential care. Hearing the person’s voice enables us to understand many of the apparently unpredictable behaviours of people with dementia, and this can help in the provision of better care.

Chapter.  5657 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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