Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia

Author(s): Albert Jewell

Ageing Well

In recent years, there has been a positive shift in attitudes towards caring for older people with dementia, with a new emphasis being placed on the person rather than the problem and towards a relationship-centred rather than individual approach. Within this context of person-centred care, there is a growing recognition of the significance of a person's spirituality in providing them with a sense of identity and a resource for coping. "Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia" offers an interdisciplinary discourse on spirituality in dementia care, bringing together wide-ranging contributions from leading theoreticians, theologians, researchers and practitioners. The book provides health care professionals with both a rationale and a practical understanding of the important role spirituality can play in the affirmation of personhood. This comprehensive and thought-provoking collection includes contributions from international authors, discussion of inter-faith relations and spirituality for the non-religious, as well as chapters approaching the subject from Christian and Buddhist perspectives.
This book will be valuable reading for nurses, care workers, care commissioners and pastoral support professionals interested in a more holistic and contemplative approach to caring for older people with dementia.


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Albert Jewell is a retired but still active Methodist minister. He served as pastoral director with MHA Care Group from 1994 to 2001, where he co-ordinated the work of the Sir Halley Stewart Age Awareness Project. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Christian Council on Ageing and the secretary of its Dementia Group. He has led seminars and spoken at local, national and international conferences and he is the editor of Spirituality and Ageing and Ageing, Spirituality and Well-being, also available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Preface. Introduction.; 1. Maintaining a Sense of Personhood in Dementia: A Personal View, Dr Daphne Wallace.; 2. Dementia, Personhood and Spirituality: A Carer's Perspective, Dr Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy, Oxford University, UK.; 3. Walking With a Person into Dementia: Creating Care Together, Revd Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay, Anglican Priest, Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra, and Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Australia.; 4. Becoming a Friend of Time: A Consideration of how we Approach Persons with Dementia through Staying in the Moment, John Killick, Poet and Chair in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.; 5. To Live and Do and Help: A Life That's Worthwhile: Reflections on the Spiritual Meaning of Generosity for People Living with Dementia, Dr Padmaprabha Dalby, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation. Trust, UK.; 6. Voicing the Spiritual: Working with People with Dementia, Dr Harriet Mowat, Managing Director, Mowat Research Ltd, Aberdeen, Scotland.; 7. New Directions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Older People with Dementia and Depression, Paul Green, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Yorkshire, UK.; 8. Gathering and Growing Spiritual Gifts through Creative Expression and Playfulness, Professor Susan McFadden, Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA. 9. The Holistic Care of Older People in Care Homes, Revd Gaynor Hammond, Baptist Minister and Dementia Project Worker, Leeds, UK.; 10. Making the Journey Together: Palliative Care of Persons with Dementia, Wendy Shiels, Dementia and Palliative Care Coordinator, Melbourne, Australia.; 11. Loving Attention: Chaplaincy as a Model of Spiritual Care for those with Dementia, Revd Margaret Goodall, Chaplaincy Advisor for Methodist Homes, The Aged Care Group, UK.; 12. Resilience Promotion and its Relevance to the Personhood Needs of People with Dementia and Other Brain Damage, Dr Murray Lloyd, retired geriatrician, UK.; 13. Sounding the Depths: A Reflection on the Challenge to Religious Belief and Practice, Revd Brian Allen, Chaplaincy Team Leader, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.; 14. They Maintained the Fabric of this World: Spirituality and the Non-religious, Revd Malcolm Goldsmith, retired Church of England Minister, UK.; 15. Being in the Moment: Developing a Contemplative Approach to Spiritual Care with People who have Dementia, Professor John Swinton, Church of Scotland Minister and Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen.; 16. Personhood, Personalism and Dementia: A Journey of Becoming, Dr Clive Baldwin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Bradford.; 17. A Situated Embodied View of the Person with Dementia, Professor Julian Hughes, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, North Tyneside General Hospital.

General Fields

  • : 9781849051545
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : April 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Albert Jewell
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.19683
  • : 224
  • : Illustrations