The magazine offers practical support to enable people to live well with a dementia and is affiliated with Dementia Therapy Specialists, founded and directly managed by Dr. Daniel Nightingale, a leading UK and US Clinical Dementia Specialist; and Kathleen Nightingale, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and award-winning author, both of whom will be presenting at a conference soon to be announced by MBi Social Care.
Dementia Therapy Specialists have developed a service that provides a unique, cutting-edge therapy, including strategies that improve the quality of life for people living with a dementia. These strategies result in the avoidance of and reduction in the use of anti-psychotic drugs in favour of the empathy and expertise that comes from appropriate training and meaningful activities.
Paul’s article explores a stress-reductionist approach to dementia caring, focusing on the relationship approaches required to change modern care systems. It discusses biopsychosocial views of dementia and provides an overview of modern model contexts; the biology, psychology and sociology of dementia; stress impacts; and models to minimise stress and maximise ability. It offers guidance on modifying built and social environments to promote the emergence of a supportive system to enhance and foster 'personhood'.
The article particularly focuses on the needs for a recognition of stress as a major factor in good dementia caring, and points out the lack of current knowledge and provision of such adaptive systems worldwide, while seeking to begin to redress this gap.
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