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“Living well with dementia: the importance of the person and the environment” was my first book published by CRC Press in January 2014.

The Amazon UK page for it is here.



There are approximately 800,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom, costing the economy £23bn a year. By 2040, the number of people affected is expected to double – and the costs are likely to treble.

This unique guide provides a much needed overview of dementia care. With a strong focus on the importance of patients and families, it explores the multifaceted meaning behind patient wellbeing and its vital significance in the context of national policy.

Adopting a positive, evidence-based approach, the book dispels the bleak outlook on dementia management. Its person-centred ideology considers fundamental areas such as independence, leisure and other activities, and end-of-life care – integrating the NICE quality standard where relevant. It also places great emphasis on patient environment including practical home and ward design, the importance of gardens, and sensory considerations.

All public and health care professionals will be stimulated by Rahman’s outstanding assimilation of theory and practice. Patients, their families and friends will also find much for inspiration and practical assistance.


The Forewords by Sally Ann Marciano (@nursemaiden), Prof Facundo Manes (@fmanes) and Prof John Hodges are here.


‘Amazing … A truly unique and multi-faceted contribution. The whole book is infused with passion and the desire to make a difference to those living with dementia…A fantastic resource and user guide covering topics such as communication and living well with dementia, home and ward design, assisted technology, and built environments. Shibley should be congratulated for this unique synthesis of ideas and practice.’
Professor John R Hodges, in his Foreword

‘Outstanding…I am so excited about Shibley’s book. It is written in a language that is easy to read, and the book will appeal to a wide readership. He has tackled many of the big topics ‘head on’, and put the person living with dementia and their families at the centre of his writing. You can tell this book is written by someone who ‘understands’ dementia; someone who has seen its joy, but also felt the pain…Everyone should be allowed to live well with dementia for however long that may be, and, with this book, we can go some way to making this a reality for all.’
Sally-Ann Marciano, in her Foreword

This book received best book in health and social care for the BMA Book Awards 2015



  • Antony Goddard

    The personal information you give is very honest. I have seen this type of stuff very rarely.
    As for myself. aged 68, Alcohol and Drugs remain a mainstay of my life. Modern SSRIs also seem a
    similar sort of ‘psychic candy’ dished out by the capitalist system.
    At the moment I am classified as having ‘Multiple Medical Conditions’ including possible prostate cancer, emphysemia, parathyroid disease, depression, osteoporosis. and inability to understand modern computer interfaces and mobile phone navigation systems.
    Modern payment systems are becoming harder to use for many old people. When we want to enable people with some sort of cognitive
    impairment we need revolutionary change in the way these day to day services are delivered by technology.
    At the present time I see my life as a series of emotional betrayals of other people rather than any health condition.
    i have been interested in computer modelling of the brain since around 1970 and still remain interested in this. Better understanding of Neurotransmitter pathways is still one of my life objectives. We have long lived in a world where people think they can invent and implement new and more ‘efficient transmitters’ but much work remains to be done.
    I appreciate your sincerity and insight.

    Tony Goddard

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