By Dr Adrian Treloar
Product Code: 1734 ISBN No:9780852314715 In Stock


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Many people with dementia, whom we care for, carry with them a strong Christian foundation. This book will provide some clues as to how their spiritual needs can and should be met. Legal frameworks require that we act in the best interest of those who lack mental capacity, and therefore there is at least some duty upon all professionals (of all faiths and none) to support appropriate spiritual care.


Catholic Women’s Network

This very attractively produced book on a subject becoming all too relevant in today’s ageing society could be a useful source of information, especially to those, of all faiths and none, who welcome Treloar’s aim ‘to provide practical and spiritual help for those with dementia.’ It is easily readable, with very short chapters, though it would have been helpful to provide an index in addition to the detailed Contents pages. The text moves from general material about dementia to emotional and palliative care, before looking at areas less frequently treated in other books, such as prayer and the sacraments.

Denis Blackledge SJ

The author, a psychiatrist specialising in the care of people with dementia, has produced a sensitive and practical book. Beautifully illustrated, it meets head-on the massive challenge of those who have to face a dementia illness with a loved one.In 29 brief chapters he covers the wide range of issues which both carers and cared-for have to undergo.

Donato Tallo - The Catholic Medical Quarterly Volume 67

In summary Dr Treloar’s book, which is slightly smaller than A5 in size is a beautiful piece of literature that is a beneficial read for all healthcare professionals and those who know an individual with dementia. While it is written from a Catholic perspective the vast majority of the book is highly relevant to those of all faiths and none. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and will enjoy referring to it in the future, it has enabled me to spend some time considering and reflecting upon the many varied and important practical and spiritual care elements of caring for and interacting with a person who has dementia.

Francis Phillips - Catholic Herald

His book offers hope and practical guidelines for professionals as well as relatives and deserves a wide readership.

Growing Old Gracefully

The whole book offers information for people of all religious faiths as well as for atheists, many of whom may have to go on this difficult journey at some time, and those may find themselves owing a debt of gratitude to Dr Treloar for his wise advice.

Plus, Christians on Ageing

In his book Dr Treloar does what he says. He offers hope on a difficult journey. He does not offer a false hope, but one rooted in practical engagement and understanding of the cost of dementia and caring. He also offers us an insight into what good spiritual care could be and how that can enhance the lives of both the person with dementia and their carer.

The Gift of Years

This a book which offers guidance on medical treatments, legal issues – for instance, Lasting Power of Attorney – and also palliative care, and running as a thread throughout is the need for sensitive spiritual support, from diagnosis right through to the very end of what he says can be ‘terribly hard’ and a ‘difficult journey’. It offers hope as well as practical ways of caring for people living with dementia.

The Independent Catholic News website

Here, at last, is a book which is full of information, delivered in simple language and in a style which is both gentle and personal. Its very directness helps the reader to feel that Dr Treloar is engaging with them in conversation, offering support in situations which can be very trying. There is a lovely sense of equality and dialogue as he delivers what are sometimes hard facts and offers immensely practical ways of dealing with the challenges that occur. Nobody wants, for instance, to think about drawing up an agreement for Lasting Powers of Attorney or of restricting the movements of a wanderer who regularly loses their way. Yet these are genuine needs which Dr Treloar confronts with an empowering sensitivity and realism.

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