DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for May 2017

Activity and Dementia: In The Garden

I have a feeling that this might be the first of many  posts about the benefits of garden based activity for people with dementia.  So this is just a little taster.   For we are looking at such a versatile environment which lends itself to a plethora of activities.   Even those like me who…

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Lies, Lies, Lies

This is  the fictional Baron Munchausen whose fantastical stories of his exploits such as riding on a cannonball and wrestling a forty foot crocodile delighted his captivated audience.  He was a complete fibber but nobody seemed to mind for they were enthralled by his tales.   But this got me thinking.  Is it ever justified to lie?…

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The Toolbox

There is an absence of research evidence for many practices that may improve the lives of people with dementia.    When I first began to work in older adult mental health care there was a lot of excitement around the potential that aromatherapy might have for relieving agitation and distress and improving cognition and  mood.  …

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Alcohol and Dementia

  The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom have indicated that alcohol intake is increasing among the elderly population.  Their figures suggest that 1 in 5 older men and 1 in 10 women drink more than recommended guidelines.  As people age they also  tend to become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.  This…

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Do Not Ask Me To Remember

  Do not ask me to remember, Don’t try to make me understand, Let me rest and know you’re with me, Kiss my cheek and hold my hand. I’m confused beyond your concept, I am sad and sick and lost. All I know is that I need you To be with me at all cost.…

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Keep Taking The Pills

Most people with dementia will need medication. This might be for the dementia itself or another illness that they have as well.   Problems around taking tablets and other forms of drugs as prescribed could potentially impact on their ability to remain well and live as independently as possible for as long as possible.  It’s why I…

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He’s Not My Dad Anymore

In my work with people with dementia and their carers I’ve heard variants on this theme many times.  No doubt they’ll ring in my ears again.  Often the sadness with which these words are spoken seems overwhelming. Always a little bit of my own heart breaks too.  At what stage in the disease process does a person’s…

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Kim’s Game

Here’s a little exercise to try with friends and family or people that you are working with, whether they have memory problems or not.  Hopefully it will give you some insight into the effect of using more than one sense at once when creating memories.  I’ve used it in a group for people who’d just been…

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What Do You Want To Do?

I  have my own list of things that I want to do before I die.  It includes places that I want to visit,  activities that I’d like to try and things that I’d love to see. Some will take some saving and planning.  Visiting Easter Island falls into that category.    I’m going to have to…

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