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Supportive care for the person with dementia$
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Julian Hughes, Mari Lloyd-Williams, and Greg Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.001.0001

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From psychological interventions to a psychology of dementia

From psychological interventions to a psychology of dementia

(p.159) Chapter 17From psychological interventions to a psychology of dementia
Supportive care for the person with dementia

Graham Stokes

Oxford University Press

Psychological interventions are now embedded within and tailored to the needs of a person with dementia. A person living with a progressive cognitive disability is struggling to learn, recall, reason, and communicate, yet remains a person nevertheless. No longer does anyone seriously argue that the erosion of cognitive function leaves a person ‘nonhuman’, to be regarded as a physical entity devoid of self and feeling. Instead we embrace a person with a psychology that is dimmed by dementia but not destroyed; a person with a unique life history that exerts influence over how they live in a world that is rendered more complex, mysterious and, if history is our guide, increasingly unsupportive. This chapter discusses the psychology of dementia, contemporary psychological interventions, and behaviours that challenge carers.

Keywords:   dementia care, cognitive disability, psychology, psychological interventions

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