Evidence-informed Approaches for Managing Dementia Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128175668

Evidence-informed Approaches for Managing Dementia Transitions

1st Edition

Riding the Waves

Editors: Linda Garcia Lynn McCleary Neil Drummond
Paperback ISBN: 9780128175668
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2020
Page Count: 300
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Evidence-informed Approaches for Managing Dementia Transitions: Riding the Waves provides evidence-based approaches and future directions for supporting a higher quality of life for people living with dementia. Through a patient-centered lens, this book equips caregivers to help people living with dementia align their expectations and hopes with the trajectories they can expect in their journey. It highlights the various transitions that those with dementia will experience and outlines best practices for optimal adjustment to each. Topics covered include problem identification, first seeking regular formal support from non-family/non-friends, driving cessation, loss of financial autonomy, acute hospital admission, and palliative and end of life care.

This is a must have reference for researchers, clinicians, and mental health professionals (psychologists, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses) as well as policymakers and other medical caregivers working with dementia patients.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes empowering those living with dementia and improving their quality of life
  • Includes information on early detection and early treatment
  • Explores pain management and decision-making in end of life care


Researchers, clinicians, and mental health professionals (psychologists, counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses) in the field of gerontology/aging as well as policy makers and other medical caregivers working with dementia patients

Table of Contents

  1. Key Transitions for a Dementia Journey
    2. Initial Problem Identification and Peridiagnostic Period
    3. First Requiring Support from External Agencies for IADLs or ADLs
    4. Driving Cessation; Loss of Financial Autonomy
    5. Acute Hospital Admission
    6. Change in Informal Support
    7. Relocating to Community Assisted Living
    8. Relocation to Long-Term Care
    9. End of Life and Palliative Care
    10. Steering Through the Waves


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About the Editor

Linda Garcia

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 1993, she worked for over 10 years in a large teaching hospital as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Department Head. Her research focuses on how individuals navigate the dementia journey as they interact with people along the way. She is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topic of dementia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice-Dean, Governance and Secretary of the Faculty of Health Services, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lynn McCleary

Dr. McLeary is a mental health and gerontological nurse, working with research teams and service providers with a focus on health and social care for older people and their families. Her research and practice emphasizes improving gerontology and geriatrics education in the health professions. She is the co-author of Ebersole and Hess’ Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging in Canada, 2e to be published by Elsevier in 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Nursing, Brock University, Canada

Neil Drummond

Dr. Drummond is an epidemiologist with interests principally in care for dementia in primary care, primary care surveillance and research, the public health-primary care interface, and health care for vulnerable communities. He has authored almost a hundred peer-reviewed papers and is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Chair in Primary Care, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada

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