DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for July 2017

Activities and Dementia: Bringing out the Inner Hunter Gatherer

When coming up with ideas for things for things to do for people with dementia I draw upon my own experiences and preferences.  What do I like to do myself?  Would a particular activity be suitable for someone with dementia and enjoyable for them?  If there are barriers to participation can these be overcome? I…

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Doll Therapy and Dementia

I was drawn to becoming an occupational therapist so that I could help people explore meaning in their life.  What that entails varies across their lifespan.  For what is meaningful to a person changes over time. It’s  dependent on lots of things: the different roles that they adopt,  their culture  and belief system,  the state of their physical and…

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Keeping Up Appearances: Dementia Friendly Hairdressers and Barbers

I read about the findings from an interesting study by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Stirling which looked at the role of hair care in dementia.  I was struck by the idea that keeping up appearances was such an important part of preserving the identity of the person not only for their own sake but for…

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Hearing Aids and Dementia

I always thought that a very lovely friend of mine was wonderfully serene, if not a bit vague.  Then she had her hearing tested and it turned out that she was quite profoundly deaf, possibly from childhood.  Hearing aids were prescribed and she has become much more animated.  But they’ve takenad a bit to adjusting…

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Being A Guinea Pig: Getting Involved In Dementia Research

Every so often in my work a person with dementia or perhaps a family member will come up with the name of a new drug that’s still being tested and ask how they can get involved with its trial.  I have to say that the process by which new medication gets approval isn’t as simple as finding…

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La, La, La, La: Singing For the Brain

It was a few years ago now that  I attended  the inaugural session of  a newly formed ‘Singing for the Brain’ group.   I went so that I could better inform the people with dementia  that I work with and those that support them about what went on there.  I wondered if doing this was a…

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Squirreling It Away: Cognitive Reserve and Dementia

It is common knowledge that squirrels don’t eat all their nuts at once.  They store them away.  Those that have stockpiled the most food are likely to weather the storm for longer when leaner times set in.    We can think of brain function in the same way.   According to the theory of cognitive…

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