Dementia and Place: Practices, Experience and Connections is the title of a new book edited by Richard Ward, Andrew Clark and (AJDC Co-Editor) Lyn Phillipson, and published by Policy Press.
The book brings together a range of perspectives on the significance of place and neighbourhoods to people living with dementia. The editors’ hope is that the book can provide a foundation for a neighbourhood-centred approach to dementia policy and practice – an essential evolution, they say, given that people with dementia are moving from being supported in institutionalised care settings to ageing in place in their neighbourhood.
The 14-chapter book includes personal accounts of neighbourhood and community written by people living with dementia or as care partners (including chapters by AJDC Editorial Advisors Dennis Frost and Lynda Henderson), as well as several chapters drawing on the landmark five-year study in Scotland, England and Sweden on the lived experience of neighbourhood for people with dementia and their care partners (the ‘Neighbourhoods: Our People, Our Places’ study).
The book is aimed at a wide audience – students, academics, practitioners and policy makers, people living with dementia and care partners – and is available in Australia from a range of bookstores for about $A50.