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In this seminar James Woodward will introduce some of the practical fruits of his three months’ sabbatical leave in 2008. In three sessions he will explore the nature of narrative, the stories that we share, and how these narratives shape our lives. Session one will introduce participants to some of the themes of narrative and draw out the pastoral and practical implications of these theories for old age and old age care. In the second session James will share some examples of old age narrative (biography and autobiography) and explore their interest and significance. In session three we shall look at some of the implications of theory (session one) and practice (session two) for ourselves, for older people and our work with them.
For full details see http://www.leveson.org.uk/levesoncentre/progdetails.htm
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Annual Evidence Update
The Annual Evidence Update aims to provide healthcare professionals with a clear path to the most important recent evidence surrounding the five major types of dementias: Alzheimer’s; Vascular dementia; Dementia with lewy bodies; Frontotemporal dementia; and mixed dementias.
The Dementia AEU provides bibliographies and clinical commentary on secondary research (systematic reviews, meta analyses and guidelines) from the last 14 months for the following topics:
European Research Area in Ageing (ERA-AGE) Website
What's New on AARP
Center for Aging Services Technologies
Putting Care Right Campaign
Interspersed in the report are narratives from caregivers, highlights of the literature, and key points and recommendations which will be of interest to all staff working in nursing homes, and will contribute to the growing body of knowledge on family involvement; on a person-centred training approach for care workers; and the importance of activity involvement for dementia residents.
Journal of Quality Research in Dementia
Previous issues of the journal have both a scientific version and summary for non-scientists. see http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=200299
Self, Senility, and Alzheimer's Disease in Modern America: A History
Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction
This book aims to convince readers that ageing is not boring, threatening or depressing, but that it has enormous relevance for the young and the old alike. Virpi Timonen provides an engaging introduction to the central social, economic and political aspects and impacts of ageing and makes the case for the importance of analysing ageing from a number of different perspectives. Using comparative international data, the author provides a detailed description of the process of population ageing, including increasing longevity, changes in fertility and variations in the health status of older populations. See: http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335222692.html
Ageing in a consumer society
This book provides a unique critical perspective on the changing nature of later life by examining the engagement of older people with consumer society in Britain since the 1960s.
For more information please see: www.policypress.org.uk
Do you have something to say about the future of adult social care? or are you interested in Extra-care Housing?
If so, this publication could be exactly what you need.
At its core are three addresses given at services in celebration of age by Richard Harries, then Bishop of Oxford, Ronald Blythe, well-known author and columnist for The Church Times, and John Sentamu, then Bishop of Birmingham. These suggest themes that can be taken up when celebrating age in worship as well as providing a fund of useful quotations and illustrations.
They are complemented by suggestions for seventeen Bible readings, eight poetry and prose readings from other sources, twenty hymns and seven prayers. The publication concludes with a comprehensive list of resources both for celebrating age services and for leading worship in care homes generally and more specifically for people with dementia.
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