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Seeing the Person beyond the Dementia

Seeing the Person beyond the Dementia

Papers presented at a Leveson Seminar
Leveson Paper 8

John Killick draws on his work at the Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre to show how it is possible to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with people living with dementia. He illustrates this with moving poems from people whom he has interviewed.

Gaynor Hammond looks at the role of reminiscence in helping older people with dementia retain their personhood. She describes how Faith in Elderly People Leeds developed the idea of the Memory Box which contains people's personal mementos and helps them to retain their identity.

Sally Knocker examines the needs of older people with dementia suggesting that time, attention, human contact, conversation, a friendly smile are some of the most important gifts we can offer. She looks at the work of Tom Kitwood in this area and concludes that this should be an important ministry for churches.

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Seeing the Person beyond the Dementia (Leveson Paper 8)
Papers presented at a Leveson Seminar

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