Karen Watchman has managed to bring together internationally renowned experts whose contributions are an intellectual tour de force from presenting the scientific evidence to making recommendations. This is a must read for anyone interested in changing perceptions, practice or policy for people living with intellectual disabilities and dementia.
– Jean Georges, Executive Director, Alzheimer Europe
Dr. Watchman has assembled a wide-reaching compendium of chapters touching upon and contemporizing a range of issues prevalent in the conversation on dementia and how it affects people with intellectual disabilities. The authors are drawn from among the leaders, innovators, and researchers in the social care field and their contributions help to encapsulate the 'state of the art' in this vexing area and will help us move to the next level in research and practice. A very commendable effort and a book that belongs in the hands of anyone concerned about how to best approach dementia among people with intellectual disabilities.
– Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago and Co-Chair of the US National Task Group in Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
Karen Watchman is Alzheimer Scotland Lecturer in Dementia at the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland, UK. With experience of supporting people within both dementia care and learning disability services, Karen's research and teaching stems from her practice and academic background. This includes her role as Director of Down's Syndrome Scotland and subsequent development and delivery of online undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on learning disability and dementia in Scotland. She developed the internationally recognised 'Learning Disability and Dementia: Train the Trainer' course, is a committee member of the Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Group, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) and is actively involved in the work of the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities Network. She lives in Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
Foreword by Diana Kerr. Introduction. Part I: The Association Between Intellectual Disability and Dementia: What Do We Know? 1. The Epidemiology of Dementia in People with Intellectual Disabilities. Amanda Sinai, Clinical Research Associate, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, UK, Trevor Chan, Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK and Andrew Strydom, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, UK. 2. Understanding the Process: Links Between Down's Syndrome and Dementia. Liam Reese Wilson, Research Assistant and PhD Student, Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, University of Cambridge, UK, Tiina Annus, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, University of Cambridge, UK, Shahid Zaman, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK and Anthony J. Holland, Health Foundation Chair in the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities, University of Cambridge, UK and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. 3. The Outpatient Clinic for Adults with Down's Syndrome: A Model to Diagnose Dementia. Antonia Coppus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 4. Medication Treatment of Dementia in People with Intellectual Disabilities. Ken Courtenay, Consultant Psychiatrist, London, UK and Nicole Eady, completing MSc in Psychiatric Research at University College London, UK. 5. Non-Pharmacological Interventions. Nancy Jokinen, School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada and Co-President of the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association. 6. Living Life with Dementia. Sunny Kalsy-Lillico, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, UK. Part II: Experiences of Dementia in People with Intellectual Disabilities: How Do We Know? 7. The Perspective of People with Intellectual Disabilities. Noelle Blackman, Dramatherapist, Chief Executive Office of Respond and Honorary Fellow, University of Hertfordshire, UK and David Thompson, Founder of Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GOLD) group. 8. Towards Understanding Individual Experiences of People Ageing with Down's Syndrome and Dementia. Karen Watchman, Alzheimer Scotland Lecturer in Dementia, University of the West of Scotland, UK. 9. Family Experiences of Supporting a Person with Down's Syndrome and Dementia in Australia. Rachel Carling-Jenkins, Research Fellow, Intellectual Disability Research Group, LaTrobe University, Australia, Christine Bigby, Research Programme Leader and Deputy Chair Academic Board, LaTrobe University, Australia and Teresa Iacono, Professor of Rural and Regional Allied Health, LaTrobe University, Australia. 10. Planning Ahead: Supporting Families to Shape the Future After a Diagnosis of Dementia. Christine Towers, Research and Service Development Manager, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, UK and Heather Wilkinson, Co-Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Head of Interdisciplinary Social Science, University of Edinburgh, UK. Part III: Service Planning: What Are We Going to Do? Sharing the Diagnosis of Dementia: Breaking Bad News to People with an Intellectual Disability. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Senior Research Fellow, St George's University of London, UK, Kingston University, UK and Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Karen Watchman, Alzheimer Scotland Lecturer in Dementia, University of the West of Scotland, UK. 12. Staff Knowledge and Training. Karen Dodd, Associate Director, Specialist Therapies: Learning Disabilities and Older Peoples' Mental Health Services and Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK. 13. Belief in a Place Called Home: Reflections on Twenty Years of Dementia Specific Service Provision. Leslie Udell, Interim Executive Director, Winniserv Inc., Canada. 14. Responding to the Challenges of Service Development to Address Dementia Needs for People with an Intellectual Disability and their Caregivers. Mary McCarron, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Philip McCallion, Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of Albany, USA, Evelyn Reilly, Lecturer in Specialist Nursing (Dementia and Learning Disability) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Niamh Mulryan, Acting Clinical Director, Daughters of Charity Intellectual Disability Services, Dublin, Ireland. 15. Intellectual Disability and Dementia Services: Better Together or Apart? Susan Mary Benbow, Director, Older Mind Matters Ltd., UK, Moni Grizzell, Nurse Practitioner, Research Sister, and Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, UK and Andrew Griffiths, Consultant in Older Adult Psychiatry, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK. 16. Measuring Outcomes for Services and Individuals. Karen Dodd, Associate Director, Specialist Therapies: Learning Disabilities and Older Peoples' Mental Health Services and Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK. References. List of Contributors. Index.