DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for April 2017

What Can You Tell From A Smell

The food writer and broadcaster, Nigel Slater, got me thinking. In his book, ‘Eating for England’. he said that he chose a home for his  much loved Aunt Elvie based on the fact that it didn’t smell of wee.  If ever I have the unenviable task of doing this for my mum or dad, this would…

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Words Will Never Hurt Me?

I came across the website of DEEP,  the Dementia and Engagement Project the other day.      It’s an organisation for people with dementia. They work together to change the services and policies that affect their lives.   There are local groups around the UK.  DEEP have produced a number of very useful guides which…

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Sweet Enough?

Once on  a visit to a residential home I noticed that someone had bought their mum with dementia a similar mug to this one that I found on Amazon. On one level I thought it was  a pretty nifty idea.    Even in a pretty small care setting,  I can see how  difficult it must be for staff to…

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Activity and Dementia: Colouring

Who’d have thought it!   Colouring used to be an activity that was firmly associated with childhoood but no more.   The craze for adult colouring, that started in France in 2012 when a book, ‘ Art-thérapie: 100 Coloriages anti-stress’, became a best seller. is still going strong.  Claims that it is good for promoting well-being. reducing…

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Come On: Be A Dementia Friend

I like the idea of blogging as activism even if it works on just a  very small scale at an individual level.    So if just one person becomes a Dementia Friend after reading this post I’ll be a very happy bunny.  Of course if there’s more of you that join up then I’d be even more delighted.…

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A Weighty Subject

I was fortunate enough recently to visit the very moving  Museum of the Mind at the Bethlem Hospital in South London.    It’s a fascinating place that combines a wonderful collection of art with displays about the history of mental health care.   Please visit if you have the opportunity.  You won’t be disappointed. This exhibit intrigued…

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Alzheimer’s Medication: How I understand it

  For as many years as I’ve been working as an occupational therapist  a class of drugs known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, given in the form of pills and patches, have been used to manage the symptoms of  Alzheimer’s dementia.  Three variants all working in slightly different ways were routinely prescribed:   Donepezil  (Aricept), Galanthamine (Reminyl) and Rivastigmine (Exelon).…

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Complex Connection

This is Carrie Clarke,  one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting.  She’s an occupational therapy colleague in the NHS trust where I’m employed who does innovative work on an in-patient unit for people with dementia.   Please take ten minutes for I think that it will be worth your time.   …

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