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Spiritual Care for Persons With Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral Practice Ministry & Church Leadership Ministry to Sick & Bereaved


27th November 2012 Christian Books 3 Comments

Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia explores spirituality in those with dementia to enrich our understanding of the neurological and psychological aspects of hope, prayer, and the power of belief. You will discover how your ministry is vitally relevant to the clinical well-being and quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia provides you with a model spiritual care program for long-term facilities that supplies you with ideas you can implement in your own ministry.

You will learn to avoid cognitive pastoral care method that can be hurtful to those suffering with dementia by using new approaches found in Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia. This book provides you with suggestions about how to spiritually care for people with dementia. These important recommendations include:
understanding the value of pastoral contact when ministering to people with a loss of cognitive functions and memory
discovering the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold psychosocial model (PLST) that can make important contributions by enhancing the quality of life for people with dementia
providing pastoral care using nonverbal methods to overcome the barriers of cognitive dysfunction
exploring a client’s cognitive and emotional reality on a daily basis to determine how to best interact with him or her
gaining insight into how a thorough analysis of the illness and personal religious history can assist in planning religious activities that provide comfort and solace for people with dementia and their families

Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia describes religious, theological, and psychodynamic perspectives that will help you to offer better spiritual care for people with dementia. Using your newly acquired skills from Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia, you will be more effective when ministering to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and to their families.

Spiritual Care for Persons With Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral Practice

A Guide to the Spiritual Dimension of Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: More than Body, Brain and Breath

Eileen Shamy was a teacher and Methodist clergywoman who pioneered ministry to people with Alzheimer’s disease. This edition is edited by Albert Jewell and Mannes Tidmarsh of Methodist Homes for the Aged.

In this volume, Eileen Shamy discusses how pastoral work can help to develop holistic care for those suffering from dementia and related conditions – care which involves understanding of their spiritual as well as physical needs. She provides guidelines for pastoral visits to people with dementia, showing how to empathise with, understand and support individuals during a visit. Emphasizing the importance of retaining dignity and freedom of choice for people with dementia, Shamy also presents practical advice about memory cueing and leading worship for those with dementia.

A Guide to the Spiritual Dimension of Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: More than Body, Brain and Breath










  • 3 responses to "Spiritual Care for Persons With Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral Practice Ministry & Church Leadership Ministry to Sick & Bereaved"

  • Dawn Ballenger
    12:19 on November 27th, 2012
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    Very well written and helful work. Thoughtful articles by eight professionals experienced in the field. A good introduction.

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  • radrod
    1:46 on November 29th, 2012
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    A friend had read this book and found it revelationary. It assisted her greatly in understanding the concepts and capturing the very real spiritual nature of people with any degree of dementia and need of this to be nurtured by well informed listeners, as it would be by people in the wider community. By the time I bought the book, I was lucky to have read quite widely and been taught both by academic and experiential learning styles. Shamy still provides inspiration and I loved reading every chapter. It affirms and validates the people we come into contact with – no hints of ageism – and provides a baseline for good practice and the benefits that can emanate from this.

  • YourWelcome
    15:43 on November 29th, 2012
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    This is a resource every health care professional needs on their bookshelf. Also very useful for staff to use in IDT meetings as care conferences are being review. Nice job editors and writers!

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