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Ageing, Dementia and Palliative Care

This chapter advances the view that during the terminal stages of the common illnesses associated with ageing the care provided needs to be informed by sound palliative practice. Secondly, the chapter argues that the extension of palliative care to these groups will raise distinctive and often novel issues, especially in the case of the frail aged with dementia. It discusses communication and planning; the nurse's role as story-teller; whose voice will be heard?; problems with communication; and when 'enough is enough'.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Communication and planning
  • The Nurses Role as story-teller
  • Whose voice will be heard?
  • Problems with communication
    • Psychological disturbances
    • Pain
  • When 'enough is enough'
  • Conclusion
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Nurse Practitioner
Jenny trained at St George's Hospital in London (UK), completed her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of New England (New South Wales, Australia), and gained a PhD in nursing from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) in 1995. Jenny has also been a hands-on-nurse practitioner, union organiser and assistant dean in research at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia). She now works with her husband as a health-care consultant and independent researcher. At present they are engaged on a national quality and compliance audit of government contractors in domiciliary nursing. ...

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