Living and dying with dementia: Dialogues about palliative care

Paperback | September 15, 2007

byNeil Small, Katherine Froggatt, Murna Downs

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Improvements in health care in the 21st century mean people are living longer, but with the paradox that chronic illness is increasingly prevalent. Dementia, a term used to describe various different brain disorders that involve a loss of brain function that is usually progressive andeventually severe, is a condition associated with an ageing population and is becoming increasingly common. Worldwide there are approximately 25 million people with dementia, expected to rise to 63 million by 2030, and 114 million by 2050.Inevitably, people living with dementia will die, but their needs at the end of life are not well known. This book describes what might be achieved if the values and best practice of both dementia care and palliative care are brought together, to achieve quality end of life care for this specificgroup of patients. It explores what is known about the experience of dying with dementia, using a narrative approach, and develops a model that draws together a 'person-centred' approach to care. The book examines the possibilities and the challenges faced when trying to improve quality of life forpeople with dementia, and presents examples of good practice from across the world.

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Improvements in health care in the 21st century mean people are living longer, but with the paradox that chronic illness is increasingly prevalent. Dementia, a term used to describe various different brain disorders that involve a loss of brain function that is usually progressive andeventually severe, is a condition associated with an...

Professor Neil Small has held posts at the Universities of York and Sheffield as well as at Bradford University. He is a social scientist with interests in health policy, chronic illness and end of life care. A more recent focus has been on the impact of ethnicity on patterns of health belief and practice. He is involved with a newly ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198566875

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The life-world: journeys with dementia3. Developments in service provision4. Self and autonomy5. Quality of care and quality of life6. The 'good death' and dementia7. Looking forward