Rosette Teitel is a retired American high school teacher who nursed her husband through vascular dementia until his death. This book was initially published in the US as The Handholder's Handbook (2002). Sharon Wall is an Australian health professional, qualified in health science as well as general and geriatric nursing. She is an author in the area of dementia and a specialist aged care consultant. During her twenty-five years in the aged care sector she has worked in research, clinical practice, policy and education, and has a special interest in the area of cultural diversity.