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Dementia: The Basics

1st Edition

By Anthea Innes, Lesley Calvert, Gail Bowker


200 pages

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Dementia: The Basics provides the reader with a clear and compassionate introduction to dementia and an accessible guide to dealing with different parts of the dementia journey, from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis to post-diagnostic support, increasing care needs and end of life care.

Co-authored by an academic, a person living with dementia and a family carer, the book endeavours to raise awareness of dementia, challenge stereotypical and negative ideas about what it means to have dementia and champion a society where people living with dementia can be active as they wish for as long as possible. The authors present an overview of current research at each step of the dementia journey as well as including knowledge from lived experience, enhancing understanding and challenging thinking about what it might be like to live with a diagnosis or to care for a loved one. As a whole, the book emphasises the importance of prioritising the person living with dementia, as well as considering the impact of what any initiative or action might mean for them, their families and their care supporters.

Offering both an accessible introduction to dementia and practical tools, this book will be ideal for health and social care professionals, students of social care, healthcare and nursing, people with dementia, carers, and anyone wanting to understand more about the condition.


From the first stages of ‘something doesn’t seem quite right’ through to diagnosis, care and support and finally to end of life, dementia can be a frightening and bewildering experience for the person with dementia and for friends, family, carers and everyone affected by this life changing condition. This book, a unique collaboration between academia and lived experience achieves its aim to enhance our understanding, challenge our thinking and provide practical help. The real life portraits described by Lesley and Gail are personal, brave and compelling. Their determination to respect the wishes of those they love is inspiring and Anthea Innes’ deep commitment to designing services which truly reflect the needs of people living with dementia shines through.

Rt Hon Hazel Blears, Alzheimer’s Ambassador

Table of Contents

Section 1 Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Pre-diagnosis

Chapter 3: Diagnosis of dementia

Section 2 Introduction

Chapter 4: Post-diagnostic support for the person living with dementia

Chapter 5: The post-diagnostic support needs of family members and friends who provide care and support

Chapter 6: Supporting the person living with dementia and their care supporter together

Section 3 Introduction

Chapter 7: Care need transitions in the journey with dementia

Chapter 8: End of Life Care

Chapter 9: Conclusion

About the Authors

Anthea Innes is Professor of Dementia and Coles-Medlock Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia, University of Salford, UK. She is a social scientist who has specialised in dementia research for around 25 years across the care spectrum, that is pre-diagnosis to end of life.

Lesley Calvert lives with Alzheimer Disease and is an Associate at the Salford Institute for Dementia. She is a member of the Greater Manchester Dementia Champion group and a facilitator at the Open Doors Network in Salford; she is also part of the UK 3 Nations Working Group.

Gail Bowker is a Dementia Associate panel member at the Salford Institute for Dementia. She is an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champion and a Salford Dementia Champion. She is a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority working with the Northern Care Alliance and Dementia United. She is a member of the Carers Strategy Steering Group and a Member of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust – Older Persons Forum.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Alzheimer's & Dementia
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology