Dementia in Close-Up
By Bere Miesen
Translated by Gemma Jones
Routledge – 1998 – 248 pages
Dementia in Close-Up is a clear and practical guide to dementia and the world of the dementia sufferer.
Bere Miesen assumes no medical or specialist knowledge and uses first hand accounts and real-life examples to examiners on patterns of behaviour and responses of sufferers and their carers. He focuses on the complex and varied relationships between the sufferer, their family and professional carers, and explores the conflict that can sometimes be engendered by dependency, fear and sustained closeness.
Going beyond the purely medical descriptions of dementia, Dementia in Close-Up strives to give families and health professionals the means to form caring and rewarding relationships and to help everyone involved.
'This is a wonderful book, imbued with knowledge, compassion and insight. It should be required reading for professionals who work with dementia and their caregivers.' - Mary Godfrey, The Nuffield Institute for Health, Health and Social Care in the Community
1. Introduction, 2. If only I had known that, 3. What does dementia involve? 4. Seeking a handhold, 5. In search of safety, 6. Families and a 'missing' person, 7. Summary of Part One, 8. Working with dementia sufferers, 9. A look at how family members first notice dementia, 10. From working to caring, 11. Adoption, 12. Power, 13. Transference and Counter-Transference, 14. Intimacy and Sexuality, 15. Aggression, 16. A basis for tommorow.