The Waverley Abbey Insight series 'Dementia' is taken from the book of
the same title. The writers and tutors have condensed their writings
into a six-leaf pamphlet for pastoral workers and church leaders and
others to give to those needing help, information and advice.
Based on the Waverley Abbey Insight Day on Dementia led by Rosemary
Hurtley, this leaflet begins by looking at the causes of dementia,
ageing, facts, symptoms and common misunderstandings, the journey into
and through the illness and what this will mean for both the sufferer
and their loved ones. It looks at the care of the dementia sufferer,
treatment and support and explores the help available with an emphasis
on occupational therapy, including issues regarding care homes, the
advantages and disadvantages. There is also helpful advice with regard
to the spiritual care of the dementia patient – the meeting of spiritual
needs, church and community support.