The brain and person-centred care 4.Memory, belief, emotion and behaviour

In the fourth of this series on the brain and dementia care, Elizabeth Milwain describes the changes to memory functions dementia often brings.Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

‘Making things more real’ Changing our view of dementia

In this second part of her conversation with Kate Allan and John Killick, Agnes Houston celebrates the innerstrength she has discovered since she was diagnosed with dementia.Author/s: Agnes Houston, Kate Allan and John Killick For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more

The brain and person-centred care 1.Bringing different perspectives together

Deeper understanding of the brain damage underlying dementia illuminates and validates the person-centredapproach to dementia care, says Elizabeth Milwain in this first of a series of five articles.Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Antipsychotic drugs: time for action

The inappropriate use of these drugs causes accelerated cognitive decline, reduces quality of life, greatly increases the risk of strokes and leads to at least 18,000 additional deaths per year.Author/s: Lucy Whitman For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Transforming hospital care

Neil Hunt sets out what needs to change in care for people with dementia on general hospital wards.Author/s: Neil Hunt For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Medicines and people with dementia: 2. Managing pain in people with dementia

Treating pain in people who have dementia can be complex. Continuing their series on medication, Amanda Thompsell and Barbara Jesson offer guidance on assessing and managing pain effectively and safelyAuthor/s: Amanda Thompsell, Barbara Jesson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more

Using ‘power pudding’ to manage constipation

Constipation is an ever-present issue in caring for older people who have dementia, and both prevention and management can be tricky. Aileen Murray describes how through changing dietary and fluid intake one ward team aimed to reduce reliance on medication.Author/s: Aileen Murray For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Towards better care for people with dementia at the end of life

Barbara Pointon reflects on the experience of caring for her husband to the end of his life, discussing difficult ethical issues and the importance of spirituality. She argues that a community-based specialist nurse is needed to bring together end-of-life careAuthor/s: Barbara Pointon For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

International conference at Stirling

Reports by Sue BensonAuthor/s: Sue Benson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.