About the Authors
Josephine Woolf MPhil
BA(Hon) DipEd RNT SRN
Jo has worked in NHS hospitals as a sister and as
a nurse teacher. She gained an honours degree in psychology at Liverpool
University before completing a Masters degree. Her research was concerned
with possible effect of age on prospective memory in everyday life.
Other research work was the review of community rehabilitation for
people who had suffered a 'stroke'. She has had articles published
in the nursing press and worked on steering groups organised by the
local health authority reviewing services available for the elderly
in the community.
Michael Woolf BA(Hon)
DASE CASE CertEd
Jo's brother, former teacher, course tutor and adult
education principal. He now owns and runs Gorselands Publishing Ltd
and Gorselands Ltd;
a private conference
centre that hosts seminars, courses and business planning days.
Care of an older
person with memory loss, dementia or in the early stages of Alzheimer's
Being a successful carer can be both rewarding and
distressing. I know this from personal experience when caring for
I wrote this book so that I could share my experience and offer guidance
to carers in what can be difficult and sometimes lonely times.
In spite of different reasons for memory loss, different degrees of
memory impairment and unique personalities, people with failing memory
need understanding, compassion and the appropriate regime of care.
The book provides insight into why everyday memory breaks down and
how this can effect thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It shows how
memory aids can help, what they are and how to use them; discusses
the practicalities of caring and how to get help.
An important section is about how to look after yourself, positive
thinking, calming the mind and body and taking time out for yourself.