"A book that acts as a guide in the richest sense: lucid, compassionate, and illuminating."


award-winning journalist and author of The Last Ocean: A Journey Through Memory and Forgetting

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"Practical and humane"


PhD, Head of Knowledge, Alzheimer’s Society
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"Written in a clear and confident style, with honesty, humility, and empathy based upon her own relationships with people living with dementia, the narrative is often poignant, sometimes funny, and always respectful, even when communication is tricky and connection seems elusive. The power of this book is in its honest simplicity and the heartfelt courage to share joint experiences and learning. We are invited to ‘grow a bigger heart.’ That’s a challenge we can all aspire to, and at the end of the day, what we all hope we might be offered, especially if living with a dementia."


National Dementia Care Award winner, and author of Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing

"A vitally important and helpful book on an essential topic."


PhD, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of Iris Murdoch: A Life

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"Contented Dementia by Oliver James opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about dementia care. This book by Pati Bielak-Smith goes much further, with real practical approaches that will help carers, families, and professionals develop better ways to work with people who have this condition."


FRCGP FRCP AoME BSc PGCE, GP/primary care medical educator and lead author of Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine: What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What to Do?