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Books on Dementia

Revd Gaynor Hammond’s Growing Dementia-Friendly Churches available at £5 here is a practical guide for all churches who are seeking to be welcoming, inclusive and nurturing communities.



Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson, Dementia: Support for Family and Friends (Jessica Kingsley, 2013).  A book that sets out clearly the progression of dementia from its early phase to its moderate phase to it advanced phase, as well as facing the end of life.


Christine Bryden: Who will I be when I die? (Jessica Kingsley, 2012). A first-hand account of dementia by the author who was 46 when she was diagnosed made more remarkable by Christine’s positivity and strength that life continues to have purpose and meaning.


Christine Bryden: Dancing with dementia – My story of living positively with dementia (Jessica Kingsley, 2005).  A thoughtful exploration of how dementia challenges our ideas of personal identity and of the process of self-discovery it can bring about.


Malcolm Goldsmith: In a Strange Land… people with dementia and the local church (4M Publications, 2004).  A mine of information and practical suggestions.


Graham Stokes:  And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia (Hawker, 2010).  In a number of easy-to-read stories, Dr. Stokes explains that there is always a reason for the specific behaviour of a person with dementia.



Albert Jewell (ed.), Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia (Jessica Kingsley, 2011)  This is the most comprehensive collection of essays with a British orientation on facing dementia within various spiritual orientations.

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