This is an exceptionally important book that celebrates the interdependency of human beings, the virtues of the education of carers and the positive treatment of people with dementia... In describing in exquisite and profound, but necessary, detail how to create and re-create a wonderfully sensitive approach to caring for people with dementia, the authors have conveyed some of the most important research findings of the past twenty years in the context of a programme to support the strengths and well-being of people with dementia. At the same time, the programme they describe serves to educate carers to support and revel in demonstrations of their loved ones' strengths... This is a book that can add greatly to the lives of all concerned and I recommend it highly.
Research and writing on dementia have never been more timely and necessary as the condition increasingly emerges as an international public health problem which transcends national, family, personal, professional and cultural boundaries, as is noted in the foreword to this practical, accessible and readable manual (page 9). Positive in tone this book presents realistic advice and useful resources based on knowledge distilled from considerable experience of working with a group all too easily socially excluded and marginalized... This is a very practical book, a manual for facilitators and carers to implement their own RYCT programme of activities and as such it functions very well... I would recommend this manual as a useful addition to the library of anyone facilitating sessions in the field of dementia.
This book is an excellently comprehensive and practical resource bursting with ideas and good, useable advice. If you're serious about using reminiscence properly (and all care homes should be) I thoroughly recommend this book.
The Midwest Book Review
Any Health library strong in dementia care "best practice" guides will welcome this focus on the tool of reminiscence and its ability to support people with dementia. From how it works to stimulate communication to how professionals and family members alike can use reminiscence to maximum effectiveness both at the group and individual level, this is a key acquisition for any working with dementia patients - and their loved ones.
Professional Social Work
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today culminates work spanning some ten years on the use of reminiscence with people with dementia. Essentially practice-based, this book is a clear guide to organising and structuring reminiscence sessions. It offers an optimistic and dynamic challenge to dementia care-giving.