Finally, a dementia support guide worth buying…

Practical advice for families, professionals, and people living with dementia and Alzheimer's disease
by Professor June Andrews

Professor June Andrews has a well earned reputation for her work in the fields of social care and dementia. As Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) based at the University of Stirling, she has done much to raise awareness and improve understanding of the difficulties faced by those dealing with dementia.

In 'Dementia- The one stop guide' her aim is to share the knowledge she has gained over the years by providing "practical and sensible advice" about "how to cope with the dementia journey the best way you can".

The book is well laid-out, easy to read, and is truly informative. It is jam packed with practical advice that you can put to immediate use, and the inclusion of many real-life examples make the situations described easy to relate to and understand.

As its name suggests, the book deals with the full range of issues associated with dementia. Don't be put off by this, thinking that a "one-stop" approach will just skim over important points. The book provides solid, worthwhile facts and information, without getting you bogged down in so much detail you don't know where to start.

There are 15 chapters in all, each covering a separate concern. The book can be read as a narrative cover to cover, or can be successfully dipped in and out of for the sections most pertinent to your specific needs at any one time. Chapters include advice on:

  • Getting a diagnosis
  • What are friends for?
  • How to keep dementia at bay
  • Disturbing behaviours
  • What you should expect from the Social care system
  • The dangers of a hospital admission and how to avoid them
  • Some important legal issues​

Dementia- the one stop guide is aimed at anyone with an interest in dementia and makes no distinction between family members, professionals and those living with the disease themselves. There is no jargon or unhelpful theory. The information is practical, user friendly and, importantly, provides advice that can be put to immediate effect.

We really can't recommend this book enough. Unlike so many other guides that we have quickly recycled to the charity shop, this one will remain firmly at the front of the bookshelf for future reference.

​The cover price is £9.99 and is available from the online bookshop at DSDC- (which also stocks other helpful dementia publications and downloads so is definitely worth a look), or from Amazon priced £6.99.
In our opinion it's worth every penny!