Live and Laugh with Dementia

 

Cover image borderWorldwide over 45 million people live with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030. Many of these people are at the epicentre of a circle of grief and loss, as their primary carers and extended families struggle to come to terms with how best to care for those they love.

For these people the idea of ‘living and laughing’ with dementia might seem at odds with the daily reality of the disorder. But new research shows that not only does using humour as therapy reduce difficult behaviour in people with dementia, it also improves the happiness levels of the patients and their carers.

Lee-Fay Low is a leading researcher in the field of dementia and the author of Live and Laugh with Dementia, a new book which aims to help sufferers live good and happy lives.

Her premise behind the book is that just as we need exercise to keep our body’s muscles strong, flexible and working well, we also need to exercise our mental muscle (brain) to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities.

In Live and Laugh with Dementia Dr Low shows us how we can tailor activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients who are unable to initiate activities themselves, and help them to:

- Maintain their relationships with othersmissing piece
- Maintain their self-identity
- Slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
- Stave off boredom
- Experience happiness and pleasure.

Hopeful and inspiring, Live and Laugh with Dementia supports people to improve their relationship with the person with dementia.

Ideal for both family and professional carers, not only does it contain suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, but it also covers a host of ideas that will empower family and friends to re-engage with those living with dementia, allowing them to build new relationships, spread the load
of care and add richness to their lives as well as meaning to their own.

This invaluable book also contains tips for people with mild dementia in order to empower them to stay active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.