Book launches by Kate Swaffer and Shibley Rahman in Camden in June 2015

Kate and I are making available a limited number of tickets for our joint event, to celebrate publication of our books on dementia later this year. This event is mainly by invite-only. If, however, you wish to be considered for one of these other tickets, we’d be delighted to meet you. Details of the event are here.   We provisionally intend to hold this event on Saturday 27th June 2015 between 12 pm and 6 pm at the Arlington Centre, Camden.     1. Kate Swaffer (@KateSwaffer) and Dr Shibley Rahman (@legalaware) intend to do a joint book launch later this year. Both books are being published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers later this year. Kate’s book is called, “What the hell happened to my brain?” Details are here. Information about this book:

“Kate Swaffer was 49 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of young onset dementia. Here, she insightfully explores issues relating to that experience, such as giving up employment and driving, breaking the news to family, having a suddenly reduced social circle, stigma surrounding dementia and inadequacies in care and support. Kate also shares her experiences in dementia activism and advocacy, highlighting the important role of social media in combatting isolation post-diagnosis. Kate’s empowering words will challenge preconceptions on dementia, highlight the issues that impact individuals living with a dementia diagnosis, and act as a source of comfort for them and their loved ones. The book will also be of interest to dementia care professionals.”

2. Shibley’s book is called “Living better with dementia: looking forward to the future”, as a follow-up to his irst book “Living well with the dementia: the importance of the person and the environment” which was received with critical acclaim. Details are here. Information about this book:

“What do national dementia strategies, constantly evolving policy and ongoing funding difficulties mean for people living well with dementia? Adopting a broad and inclusive approach, Shibley Rahman presents a thorough critical analysis of existing dementia policy, and tackles head-on current and controversial topics at the forefront of public and political debate, such as diagnosis in primary care, access to services for marginalised groups, stigma and discrimination, integrated care, personal health budgets, personalised medicine and the use of GPS tracking. Drawing on a wealth of diverse research, and including voices from all reaches of the globe, he identifies current policy challenges for living well with dementia, and highlights pockets of innovation and good practice to inform practical solutions for living better with dementia in the future. A unique and cohesive account of where dementia care practice and policy needs to head, and why, and how this can be achieved, this is crucial reading for dementia care professionals, service commissioners, public health officials and policy makers, as well as academics and students in these fields.”

Kate and Shibley have decided to make a limited number of tickets for this free event for this book launch available to all, but the event is generally by invitation only. If you’d like you to be considered for one of these limited number of tickets, please do let us know. Dr Shibley Rahman @legalaware

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