Books and resources

    Books and Resources

    Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror -Cameron J. Camp
    A Detective’s Manual for Solving Problems Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

    Writing with wit and compassion, Dr. Camp aims to help his audience better understand how the disease affects memory, and how memory loss may affect behavior.

    Cost: €21.50 (includes Post & Packaging)

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    A Different Visit – Joltin, Camp, Noble, Antenucci
    Activities for Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Memory Impairments

    This manual was made especially for family members of people living with Alzheimer’s and other diseases or injuries that affect memory. Included are ideas and instructions for 42 engaging and purposeful activities that will bring new enjoyment to family visits

    Cost: €21.50 (includes Post & Packaging)

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    For more information on the book and to see a video on the activities-based visits approach, visit

    Palliative Care, Ageing & Spirituality – Elizabeth MacKinlay
    A Guide for Older People, Carers and Families

    This sensitive and compassionate book provides older people who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones, as well as the professionals who work with them, with a greater depth of understanding of spiritual issues surrounding death and dying.

    Cost: €20 (includes post & packaging).

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    Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia – Elizabeth MacKinlay & Corinne Trevitt
    The Place of Spiritual Reminiscence Work

    This ground-breaking book is based on the findings of the first major study on spiritual reminiscence work with people with dementia. Carried out over a decade, the study confirmed spiritual reminiscence to be an effective means of helping people with dementia to find meaning in their own experience, and interact in meaningful ways

    How to buy: order it online through Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    Contented Dementia – Oliver James
    24-Hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong We

    Although dementia is a little-understood and currently incurable illness, this guide shows how much can be done to maximize the quality of life for people with dementia. A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. However, feelings remain intact, as do memories of past events, and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost.
    For more information on the SPECAL method visit

    How to buy the book: ‘Contented Dementia’ is available from Easons and most book retailers. It is also available to buy online on

    The Journal of Dementia Care
    Essential reading for all those working with people with dementia

    The Journal of Dementia Care is at the forefront of a modern approach to care for people with dementia. It is a multi-disciplinary, bi-monthly journal aimed at all professionals working with people with dementia. It recognises that professional carers working with people with dementia have their own special demands which deserve a specialist publication.

    To subscribe, please visit

    Ciúnas is a set of resources to support prayer sessions for people of the Roman Catholic faith. The CDs and DVD include recordings of Catholic hymns and prayers, with a selection that will be especially familiar to older people. The set includes a DVD, double CD and booklet for facilitators. It was developed and produced by Sonas apc.

    Cost: Ciúnas double CD (€15), Ciúnas DVD (€15),
    Booklet “Making the Most of Ciúnas”, which includes the Words of all of the recorded hymns and prayers (€5). Discounted price for the full set (€30).

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    Serenity Boxset

    Serenity spirituality sessions are for older people of any Christian denomination. The Serenity Spirituality Sessions boxset is a tool for residential care centres that wish to make Christian spirituality sessions available to residents. The box-set includes CDs, a How-to-do DVD and booklet, that provides guidance to the person who will be facilitating the Serenity Sessions in the centre.

    All the material has been carefully selected for older people to be reminiscent of their own Christian prayer throughout their lives. There is a focus on familiar readings, psalms and prayers to facilitate comfortableand easy participation.

    The box set contains:

    • Information booklet
    • How-to-DVD on the facilitation of a Serenity Spirituality Session
    • 3 Serenity Spirituality Sessions (CDs 1,2,3)
    • 1 free style Serenity Spirituality Session (CD4)
    • 1 CD-Rom: Serenity Spirituality Session pamphlets for participants.

    Cost: €80 (includes post & packaging).

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    I’m Still Here – John Zeisel

    John Zeisel is an innovator in the non-pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s. He shows how it’s possible to connect with those living with Alzheimer’s by engaging abilities that don’t diminish over time, such as understanding music, art, facial expressions, touch and the deep need we all have to care for others.

    Price: £9.99

    How to buy: I’m Still Here is available to buy online through Amazon and most book retailers.

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    12 Lives – A Baker’s Dozen

    “This book is a compilation of 13 unique short stories about the residents and clients of Kylemore House Nursing Home and Day Care Centre.

    How to buy it:
    Contact Ruth Behan via email:

    A Touch of Simplicity

    Cost: €12.95 plus p&p
    To buy it: Call Genevieve Farrell at 087 997 2868