Enhancing health and wellbeing in dementia: a person-centred integrated approach, reviews



This is a book all about a possible integrated care pathway for dementia. It places at the heart of the narrative a person who’s received a diagnosis of dementia and the people who care for him or her, so nobody is left behind.

Thanks to the following for their pre-publication comments for my book to be published on 19 January 2017. I should like to thank all of the people below for considering the whole manuscript before offering the following responses.

The abbreviated comments are also provided on the Amazon UK page for my third book on dementia.


‘This important book continues our journey of what it means to see the person beyond their diagnosis of dementia, with a fresh focus on freedom, dignity and human rights. Dr Shibley challenges the idea that nothing can be done to improve dementia care. He brings practical thinking around how we can move towards truly integrated, person-centred ways of working – making a timely and valuable contribution to our collective understanding.’

– Dr Helen Sanderson, author of Person-Centred Thinking with Older People


“There can be no doubt that ‘Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Dementia’ should be essential reading for anyone with an interest in improving the lives, and rights, of people living with dementia. It is an important book which is both comprehensive and practical – no easy matter to achieve! His encyclopaedic span concludes appropriately with the primacy of person-centred approaches, the importance of dignity, quality and leadership – yes, yes, yes!”

– Des Kelly OBE, Chair, The Centre for Policy on Ageing



“Shibley’s voice has emerged as an important one to take notice of within dementia care. His ability to draw together a huge range of knowledge from many different spheres of research, practice and policy and to use it to light our way rather than confuse us further is unique.”

– Prof Dawn Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at the Worcester University, UK


“An absolute gem of a book. Through his career, Shibley Raman has been sequentially academic neurologist, service user, family carer and blogging activist. His learning and wisdom have been distilled into a highly readable, comprehensively referenced and bang up-to-date companion for anyone who needs to learn and understand about people with dementia and what can be done to help them, their families and professional carers to get the very best out of life.”

– Prof Robert Howard. Division of Psychiatry, University College London


“Practitioners, family carers and people with dementia looking for a comprehensive resource about dementia need look no further. Few books combine detailed explanations about clinical aspects of dementia with policy analysis and yet remain so centred on people’s individual experiences. This is an important resource for anyone who wants to understand more about providing better dementia support.”

– Jo Moriarty, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, SCWRU, King’s College London


“The third of Rahman’s books on issues relating to dementia. Another must-read text that discusses the many and varied elements of what is required to enhance the lives and wellbeing of people with dementia. I particularly like his style of telling us what we can expect to learn from each section and suggestions for further reading.  This, as well as the first two books from the author, is an essential read for all health and social care students in gaining an overview of caring in dementia.”

Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research & Evaluation, Dementia UK


“This is a complex and difficult journey and Dr Rahman’s book is like having an informed, interested, intelligent and profoundly humane friend by your side on the journey through. This book is a friend that is encyclopaedic in knowledge and who is not afraid to have opinions and to express them. We are part-way along the journey, we have come a long way but we have far to go. This book helps us reflect on where we are and the road we have travelled, all the better to plan and travel the road ahead.”

Prof Sube Banerjee, Chair of Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, co-author of the English dementia strategy (2009) “Living well with dementia”


“‘Great book on integrated, person-centred dementia care. Clearly identifies issues often overlooked: importance of relationships in delivering good care; pivotal role of care homes in caring for people with dementia; and value of addressing staff needs so they can be in good relationship with others. It’s not rocket science!’”

— Prof Julienne Meyer, CBE, Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People and Executive Director: My Home Life, City University London


“This is a wonderful book, for students, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, politicians and families, and for people who may be in the early stages of one of the diseases that causes dementia. This is a book that challenges but also gives hope. Which I think is the greatest gift of all.”

—Lisa Rodrigues, CBE, writer, coach and mental health campaigner,


‘Shibley Rahman’s last book in his trilogy on dementia represents a comprehensive and thought provoking tour de force through the subject matter – great reading for any health and social care professional, academic and interested lay person. Here is a perspective from an author who in himself integrates academic qualifications in medicine, law and management with a lived experience of disability. A unique read!’

— Reinhard Guss, Chair, Faculty of the Psychology of Older People, British Psychological Society


“What they all have in common is a need for health and social care professionals to come into their lives with understanding, and a recognition of the need for the diseases that cause dementia symptoms to be understood, so that the person or their carer never feels they are being led blindly through our health and social care systems. They don’t need us all to be experts in the scientific constructs of dementia, but they need us to know enough to respond sensitively and with confidence.

A better understanding of what person-centred care is, in the context of dementia, is what will help us to achieve this. I am hopeful that this book will  appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike, and that it will inform and influence professionals who support people living with a dementia.

This book is an important milestone in Dementia Care literature as it provides information to help us answer the difficult questions we face as professionals helping to support people and families. The different types of dementia all have in common that they cause a person to have needs around changing health and wellbeing. The discussion flowing through this book, points to where the answers are to improving how we meet those needs.”

— Lucy Frost

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