Presenting the most up-to-date information available about dementia and intellectual disabilities, this book brings together the latest international research and evidence-based practice, and describes clearly the relevance and implications for support and services Internationally rewned experts from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands discuss good practice and the way forward in relation to assessment, diagsis, interventions, staff kwledge and training, care pathways, service design, measuring outcomes and the experiences of individuals, families and carers. The wealth of information offered will inform support and services throughout the whole course of dementia, from diagsis to end of life. Particular emphasis is placed on how intellectual disability and dementia services can work collaboratively to offer more effective, joined up support. Practitioners, managers and commissioners will find this to be an informative resource for developing person-centred provision for people with intellectual disabilities and dementia and their families. It will also be a key text for academics and students who wish to be up-to-date with the latest research and practice developments in this field.
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.