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Live and Laugh with Dementia

Live and Laugh with Dementia
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978-1-921966-52-1
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Lee-Fay Low, BSc Psych (Hons), PhD

Live and Laugh with Dementia

The essential guide to maximizing quality of life

Lee-Fay Low 

Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned. 

 
Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to:
maintain their relationships with others 
maintain their self-identity
slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
stave off boredom
experience happiness and pleasure.
 
Live and Laugh with Dementia also addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.
 
 
Specifications: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm | 232 pages
 

About the author:

Lee-Fay Low, BSc Psych (Hons), PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of dementia, and is passionate about ensuring that people with dementia live good and happy lives. Currently Associate Professor in Ageing and Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Dr Low led the first high-quality study of humour therapy for people with dementia. Her interest in dementia began close to home, as her grandmother had vascular dementia.

Lee-Fay Low is a respected speaker on dementia, for details on her upcoming events please click here.

 

Testimonial:

Glenn Rees AM, Chief Executive Officer Alzheimer's Australia 

“It is important to understand that dementia is as much a social issue as it is a medical one.

The essential part of understanding dementia is to recognise the importance of everyday relationships and empowering people with dementia to live well though good support in the community. It also means having dementia friendly organisations to access services such as banking, retail and Centrelink. Humour too, is a critical part of the journey; learning to laugh with people with dementia is important in coming to terms with the diagnosis.

This insightful book focuses on what is important in the everyday life of the person with dementia and the family  carer and explores the practical things we can all do to make our communities more dementia friendly.”


  

Lee-Fay Low has a knack of putting complicated processes into simple and easy to follow language. Her writing is vibrant and entertaining yet informative and educative. Drawing from her experience and research, Associate Professor Low provides case studies which guide the reader effortlessly into how to engage people with dementia and practical ways to tackle thorny problems in care. She demonstrates strategies that aim to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their family carers. Recommended.

Henry Brodaty

Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health 

Montefiore Chair of Healthy Brain Ageing Co-Director, CHeBA (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing) Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre University of New South Wales

 

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Media:

In Touch - Alzheimer's Australia Magazine, June 2015

“I hope that occupational therapists will be challenged and inspired by Lee-Fay to elaborate on the importance of supporting persons with dementia as occupational beings to experience quality of life.”

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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2015

“I hope that occupational therapists will be challenged and inspired by Lee-Fay to elaborate on the importance of supporting persons with dementia as occupational beings to experience quality of life.”


Agendas - Aged and Community Services Australia Magazine, June 2015

“a how-to-guide to strengthen and maintain the mental and relationship muscles of the person with dementia. ...a mix of science, experience, case studies, suggested activities and room for notes.”  

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Fifty Plus News, March 2015

"A great resource ... Broken into logical sequences with easy to read tables of activities and clear concise language ..." 


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A Spoonful of Sugar, March 2015

My book’s theme on living actively to maximise quality of life applies to everyone, regardless of their intellectual ability, and for people with dementia there is good research on the benefits of engaging people with dementia in social and cultural experiences.” ~ Lee-Fay Low


Australian Journal of Dementia, March 2015

Once I got into the text I was amazed and delighted by the number and profundity of the insights it contains. It is packed with very good advice about communication, activities, and relationships, and I cannot imagine any carer not benefiting from it hugely.”

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Good Practice, March 2015

"...designed to help people with dementia exercise their brain in order to strengthen and maintain neural capabilities."


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Alzheimers.net, March 2015

The saying traditionally goes that it takes a village to bring up a child. I believe that it takes a village to care for an elder. The more people involved in the life of the person with dementia, the more opportunities they have to be stimulated, to interact and engage, and the more people there are to emotionally support and love them and remind them of who they are.”

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Trust Magazine, March 2015

"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 sufferers, allowing them to build new relationships, spread the load of care and add richness to the lives of the sufferers as well as meaning to their own."

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Reviews about Live and Laugh with Dementia

 

Oz Care - October 2014

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bexclusive Magazine - September 2014

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The Courier Mail - Qmagazine

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2EC East Coast Radio - September 2, 2014

Mornings with Pete Dickson 

I don’t often plug books on this site but today I spoke to the author of Live and Laugh with Dementia. The author is Dr. Lee-Fay Low who is a leading researcher in the field of dementia. She says the importance of ensuring that people with dementia enjoy the best quality of life possible is vital. In the book she points out that staving off boredom is one of the best and proven ways of slowing it’s progress. She told me today that worldwide over 45 million people suffer dementia and that number is likely to blow out to 75 million by 2030. Dr Lee pointed out that one of the best medicines is laughter and she is developing some new exercise regimes for people with dementia that involves dance and laughter. There is information in this book for people with the early symptoms of dementia as well as advanced dementia. She says family members would do well to read the book as well to gain a clearer understanding of dementia. It is out now in all good book stalls.


Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation

Podcast episode 15 - Associate professor Lee-Fay Low: Improving quality of dementia care through research Listen to podcast here


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