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Compassion with Dementia

Hilary Cragg

an Essential Guide to Living well with Dementia

What do you do and how do you cope when someone you love gets dementia?

Often the diagnosis is a shock, and there is so little information and support. This friendly, informative handbook is essential for carers, families and every who needs honest, helpful guidance and information. It is written by someone who not only knows and understand the medical, social care and legal systems, she also cares deeply that people with dementia and their families are treat with kindness, compassion and respect.

Hilary Cragg, a lawyer and advocate for vulnerable families, explains how it’s possible to live a happy and positive life with dementia. She gives detailed advice that will answer everyone’s questions about what they will often think and what to do at each stage of the illness from diagnosis to the end of life. In addition to working professionally with people with dementia, she has also lived through the dementia and loss of her own mother, and her personal learning enriches her professional experience.

This book contains a wealth of information and insight that has never been brought together before in one succinct, easy to read guide. It is an essential reference source for carers, nurses, care home managers and family members.

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Book reviews

‘This book is helpful and insightful for families where a loved one has a diagnosis of dementia. It provides a lot of information to understand the disease and how the journey with dementia progresses on its own individual way for everyone.

Hilary’s experience, as a daughter and carer for her mother on her personal journey with dementia, is shared with great humanity
and understanding for any family on this unplanned and
uncertain journey.’

Liz Hitchins, Chairman Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm

‘This book is a great practical guide for anyone walking the dementia path. Hilary uses real-life scenarios from her own experience as a lawyer and a daughter caring for her mother who lived and died with dementia. Whilst highlighting the positive aspects of living well with dementia, this book does not avoid the difficult topics. It gives you the facts that help you and your loved ones to make informed decisions.’


‘This book is a game changer!

Hilary’s experience as a lawyer and as a carer combines to share intimate, thoughtful experience to guide through the trickiest of situations. It offers practical and simple tips to support those who are caring for a loved one with dementia in an easy to read, easy to understand format.

This books gives a valuable insight through the eyes of someone with lived experience and unlike many books Hilary’s professional expertise in law supports the narrative to give a whole view to ease the journey for families and professionals alike.

The tips and tricks Hilary describes, give a unique approach to getting through the most challenging areas for those affected by the disease. Many parts of the book discuss topics that many find difficult to talk about openly – a rare find in dementia books.

Super useful advice, thoughtful and balanced in its approach, this book is a very useful go to book that can be picked up when required, used as a reference or just for information for any family member facing a future with a loved one who has developed dementia.

High reccomended!’

Kate Smith, Joint CEO - Memory Matters

‘This is a ‘must read’ book for all involved in the world of dementia. Hilary’s knowledge and experience as a solicitor and as a carer takes the reader through all the challenges and offers solutions for people living with dementia and their family carers.’

Ian Sherrif, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia

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