First published in 1998, this book is a study on the influence of emotions on autobiographical memory in dementia. Based on eight in-depth case-studies of older people with dementia, collected over a two year period, the general findings of this innovative study reveal the strength and durability of the personal narrative even as cognitive processes decline. Using a psychotherapeutic approach, the author is able to demonstrate that the retention of a personal past give a sense of narrative identity and well-being to sufferers of dementia and has an important part to play in dementia care training. Researchers, teachers and students will find this book a useful resource, together with those who work in the field of ageing and dementia care.
1. Dementia and the Therapeutic Approach. 2. Autobiographical Memory and Dementia. 3. The Single Case-Study Method. 4. The Settings and the Sample. 5. The Storied Self – the Study of Individual Narratives. 6. Implications for Therapeutic Practice. 7. A Theoretical Discussion. 8. A Final Word.
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