DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for March 2017

Forgetting is Normal

Forgetfulness is an entirely normal function of the brain.   I tell the people that I’m working with that If we remembered every single thing that has happened to us, or all that we’ve seen and heard, it is a medical fact that our heads would explode.  Okay, I might be joking but, in saying this, I’m trying to get a…

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Brakes

Changes  to the frontal lobes are a feature of many types of dementia.   This part of the brain is busy!  Among other things it has roles to play in controlling emotions, problem solving, language,  judgement and motor function.  I also like to think of it as having metaphorical brakes surrounding it.   For it is where speech and…

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Dementia + Driving = Disaster?

After qualifying as an occupational therapist I worked on a physical rehabilitation ward.  It was there I first came across a fact sheet from the Alzheimer’s Society called ‘Dementia and Driving’.  They still produce a very informative updated version  these days. ‘No blooming way!’ I thought back then. In those early days of  my career the words ‘dementia’ and…

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Umbrella

Here’s a question that I get asked rather a lot. ‘What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?’ Let’s think of dementia as an umbrella term defining a group of illnesses where brain function deteriorates and usually progresses over time. There are many types of dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common but I frequently come across vascular…

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