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Dementia Rehabilitation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128186855, 9780128186862

Dementia Rehabilitation

1st Edition

Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations

Editors: Lee-Fay Low Kate Laver
eBook ISBN: 9780128186862
Paperback ISBN: 9780128186855
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th October 2020
Page Count: 288
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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


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


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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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