This book approaches dementia from a number of angles: biological, psychological, sociological, and theological. After an introduction explaining the multifaceted nature of this set of conditions, some possible theological responses are offered to such questions as: what is the nature of human identity? How can someone with severely impaired cognition have a full spiritual life? The book's final two sections are predominantly practical, addressing the spiritual care of the affected individual and how to help churches support affected individuals and their carers. This final section includes resources for ministry in residential care homes.
Part 1: Thinking about dementia
- Chapter 1 A medical approach to dementia: 'Old-timer's disease'?
- Chapter 2 A biological approach to dementia: the fading brain
- Chapter 3 A social approach to dementia: not gone but forgotten
Part 2: Thinking about the person with dementia
- Chapter 4 I think therefore I am?
- Chapter 5 Beyond 'I think therefore I am'
- Chapter 6 God thinks therefore I am
Part 3: Thinking of you: the spiritual care of people with dementia
- Chapter 7 Being present to the person with dementia
- Chapter 8 Meaning-making in dementia
- Chapter 9 Re-membering the person with dementia
Part 4: Thinking about us: dementia-friendly churches
- Chapter 10 Full inclusion
- Chapter 11 Real belonging
- Chapter 12 Celebration
- Chapter 13 Connection
- Chapter 14 Safe enough to play