Media Release: John Killick makes the case that drug therapy is not the only way ahead for dementia


JOHN Killick is delighted to have had his book selected for Reading Well Books on prescription for dementia, a national scheme delivered in English public libraries by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians.

With over 20 years’ experience in the field of dementia care, John Killick is convinced that drug therapy is neither the only, nor necessarily the best, way forward.

He said: “Serious financial resources should be directed to creative therapeutic approaches informed by a collaborative impulse.”

Dementia Positive challenges the myths surrounding dementia and offers practical advice on communication and relationships. Pragmatic without being simplistic about the condition and its effects, Dementia Positive dismisses the idea that ‘life ends after diagnosis’.

Praise for Dementia Positive…

Mindful listening is central to John’s work, followed by generous sharing, communication, collaboration… short quotes are real gems of truth and perception from carers, practitioners and people with dementia themselves, and they add even more to the value of this brilliant book.” Sue Benson, Journal of Dementia Care

It is the simple, sensitive, no nonsense presentation about very complex issues that makes this book accessible to all. A ‘must read’ as a step towards making life better for people living with dementia.” Australian Journal of Dementia Care


The list of books included in the 2015 national Reading Books on Prescription Scheme for England was announced at the Welcome Trust, London, on Monday 26 January. The national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for England is delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England.

John Killick began working with people with dementia in 1992, and has held a number of posts with nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and arts centres. He has edited six books of poems by people with dementia, and co-authored books on communication and on creativity. He was a teacher for thirty years, and has been a writer all his life. He has published books of his own poetry and books on creative writing. He is currently writer-in-residence for Alzheimer Scotland.

John Killick is available for interview and can be contacted directly on 07971041844 or

Dementia Positive: A Handbook Based on Lived Experiences by John Killick. ISBN: 978-1-910021-50-7, paperback £9.99.

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