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.
Table of Contents
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.