People with Dementia and the Local Church

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People with Dementia
and the Local Church

...a guide and encouragement for carers and for ministry

        by  Malcolm Goldsmith

Special website discounted price 10 post and packing free   239 pages   ISBN 0 9530494 6 9

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About one person in twenty over the age of sixty-five and about one in five over the age of eighty have dementia. These people will have spouses, partners, children, relatives and friends. It is likely therefore that just about every church congregation and community will have a number of people affected, directly or indirectly, by dementia.

How do clergy and lay leaders, members of the congregation and others understand, relate to and support these people?

What happens to the faith of people with dementia? How do their carers cope with faith issues?

What happens when people move into residential or nursing homes or into hospital? What forms of ministry are appropriate?

This book, written by someone who has spent many years as a parish priest is full of reflections and suggestions. It is an attempt to guide and encourage people in this important but often neglected area of ministry.


Since his ordination in 1962, Malcolm Goldsmith has worked in parishes in Birmingham, Nottingham and Edinburgh. He has been a university chaplain, a chaplain to a hospice and a Research Fellow within the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

His book "Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia" was short-listed for Age Concern's Seebohm Trophy 'for the book which best promotes the well-being and understanding of older people'.

Other writings by Malcolm Goldsmith on similar or related topics:

A voice from the base of the pyramid (1994) article in The Journal of Dementia Care July/August 1994
Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia (1996) published by Jessica Kingsley
Hearing their voice (1997) chapter in Dementia: challenges and New Directions Ed. Hunter S, Jessica Kingsley
Hearing the voice of people with dementia (1997) chapter in State of the art in dementia care Ed. Marshall M, Centre for Policy on Ageing
Dementia, Ethics and the Glory of God occasional paper for the Christian Council on Ageing
Ethical Issues in Dementia Care (1999) chapter in Dementia Care: Developing Partnerships in Practice Eds. Adams T & Clarke C, Bailiere Tindal
Dementia: A challenge to Christian theology and pastoral care (1999) chapter in Spirituality & Ageing Ed. Jewell A, Jessica Kingsley
Through a glass darkly; a dialogue between dementia and faith (2001) &
When words are no longer necessary: the gift of ritual (2001) chapters in Aging, Spirituality and Pastoral Care Eds MacKinlay, Ellor & Pickard, The Haworth Pastoral Press
In a strange land (2002) article in Chrism (magazine of the Guild of St Raphael) Autumn 2002
Intimacy (2003) chapter in Dementia Nursing; a guide to practice Ed. Hudson, R Ausmed Publications
The stars only shine in the night: the challenge of creative ageing (2004) chapter in Ageing, Spirituality and Well-being Ed. Jewell A, Jessica Kingsley
Spirituality, religion and faith in dementia care (2004) in The Journal of Dementia Care Vol 12 No 4 July/August 2004
Strangers of the psalms (2004) in The Tablet 7 August 2004
Dementia - Remember the Person in the Toc H magazine Point Four Spring 2005
Tracing rainbows through the rain: addressing the challenge of dementia in later life (2008) chapter in Ageing, Disability and Spirituality  Ed: E MacKinlay, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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