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Live and Laugh with Dementia: The essential guide to maximizing quality of life



Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned.

Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to:
• maintain their relationships with others
• maintain their self-identity
• slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation
• stave off boredom
• experience happiness and pleasure.
Live and Laugh with Dementia also addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm | 232 Pages |


Glenn Rees AM, Chief Executive Officer Alzheimer’s Australia

“It is important to understand that dementia is as much a social issue as it is a medical one.

The essential part of understanding dementia is to recognise the importance of everyday relationships and empowering people with dementia to live well though good support in the community. It also means having dementia friendly organisations to access services such as banking, retail and Centrelink. Humour too, is a critical part of the journey; learning to laugh with people with dementia is important in coming to terms with the diagnosis.

This insightful book focuses on what is important in the everyday life of the person with dementia and the family  carer and explores the practical things we can all do to make our communities more dementia friendly.”

Henry Brodaty

Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health

Montefiore Chair of Healthy Brain Ageing Co-Director, CHeBA (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing) Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre University of New South Wales

“Lee-Fay Low has a knack of putting complicated processes into simple and easy to follow language. Her writing is vibrant and entertaining yet informative and educative. Drawing from her experience and research, Associate Professor Low provides case studies which guide the reader effortlessly into how to engage people with dementia and practical ways to tackle thorny problems in care. She demonstrates strategies that aim to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their family carers. Recommended.”

Nursing Times, September 2015
“an amazing inspiring manual of making life with dementia as positive as possible …. She writes with enthusiasm and insight. It’s a book full of wonderful gifts of knowledge”  

In Touch – Alzheimer’s Australia Magazine, June 2015
“I hope that occupational therapists will be challenged and inspired by Lee-Fay to elaborate on the importance of supporting persons with dementia as occupational beings to experience quality of life.”

Agendas – Aged and Community Services Australia Magazine, June 2015
“a how-to-guide to strengthen and maintain the mental and relationship muscles of the person with dementia. …a mix of science, experience, case studies, suggested activities and room for notes.”  

Good Practice, March 2015
“...designed to help people with dementia exercise their brain in order to strengthen and maintain neural capabilities.”, March 2015
The saying traditionally goes that it takes a village to bring up a child. I believe that it takes a village to care for an elder. The more people involved in the life of the person with dementia, the more opportunities they have to be stimulated, to interact and engage, and the more people there are to emotionally support and love them and remind them of who they are.”

Trust Magazine, March 2015
Hopeful and inspiring, Live and Laugh with Dementia supports people to improve their relationship with the person with dementia. Ideal for both family and professional carers, not only does it contain suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, but it also covers a host of ideas that will empower family and friends to re-engage with sufferers, allowing them to build new relationships, spread the load of care and add richness to the lives of the sufferers as well as meaning to their own.”


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