Dementia Rehabilitation

Dementia Rehabilitation

Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations

1st Edition - October 20, 2020

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  • Editors: Lee-Fay Low, Kate Laver
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128186862
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186855

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Rehabilitation helps individuals maintain and optimize independence. Historically, people with dementia have received little rehabilitation and the focus has been on care to replace lost function. Dementia Rehabilitation is a resource for health and social professionals, service planners, policy makers, and academics. The book makes a compelling case for rehabilitation for people with dementia, including the views of people with dementia and the research evidence. For each area of function, the research evidence and relevant theory is summarized, followed by practical information on clinical assessment, and delivery of therapies.

Key Features

  • Identifies rehabilitation as a human right for people with dementia.
  • Reviews functions affected by dementia, including cognition, communication, and physical function.
  • Outlines evidence-based strategies to maintain function and to delay decline.
  • Describes how to maintain activities of daily living and leisure activities.
  • Includes techniques to maintain self-identity and mood.
  • Recognizes the importance of environment and care partners in supporting rehabilitation.
  • Summarizes models of care for rehabilitation.


Researchers and clinicians in neuroscience and neurology interested in dementia

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Introduction: Rehabilitation as a new way of working with people with dementia

    Lee-Fay Low and Kate Laver

    1. Rehabilitation: a human right for everyone

    Kate Swaffer

    2. Cognitively-oriented treatments in dementia

    Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Loren Mowszowski, Nicola T. Lautenschlager and Kay Cox

    3. Communication interventions for people with dementia and communication partners

    Sarah El-Wahsh, Penelope Monroe, Fiona Kumfor and Kirrie Ballard

    4. Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia

    Michele L. Callisaya, Susan W. Hunter and Manuel Montero-Odasso

    5. Optimizing independence in activities of daily living

    Kate Laver, Catherine Verrier Piersol and Rachel Wiley

    6. Active and engaged: Maintaining leisure activities in dementia Claire M. C. O'Connor, Jacqueline Wesson, and Lindy Clemson

    7. Rehabilitation to improve psychological well-being in dementia

    Lee-Fay Low, Monica Cations, Deborah Koder and Annaliese Blair

    8. Driving and community mobility for people with dementia

    Theresa L. Scott, Jacki Liddle and Nancy Pachana

    9. Supporting people with dementia in employment

    David Evans, Carolyn Murray, Angela Berndt and Jacinta Robertson

    10. Can buildings contribute to the rehabilitation of people living with dementia?

    Richard Fleming

    11. Supporting everyday functioning of people living with dementia: The role of care partners

    Laura N. Gitlin and Michael Bruneau, Jr.

    12. Physical comorbidities of dementia: Recognition and rehabilitation

    Sue Kurrle

    13. Improving functional independence: Dementia rehabilitation programs

    Yun-Hee Jeon, Nicole Milne, Cassandra Kaizik and Barbara Resnick

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 20, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128186862
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186855

About the Editors

Lee-Fay Low

Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low is a psychologist, epidemiologist and researcher specialising in developing and evaluating interventions for older people. She has published extensively on dementia and aged care. Lee-Fay brings together people to solve real-world problems so her projects often involve a range of collaborators including people with dementia, care partners, clinicians, service providers and policy makers as well as others with relevant expertise such as designers, artists and marketing experts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor in Ageing and Health, NHMRC Boosting Dementia Leadership Fellow, Head of Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia

Kate Laver

Associate Professor Kate Laver is an occupational therapist with experience working with people in inpatient and community rehabilitation settings. Her work involves collaborating with people with dementia to design research that is relevant and important. Her studies involve testing and implementing non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia. The aim of her research work is to optimise function and quality of life in people with dementia and their families. She has an interest in technologies in rehabilitation and expertise in knowledge translation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

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