DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for August 2017

Everyday Money Management: Issues Facing People with Dementia

  As their dementia progresses an individual may have increasing problems with managing their money on a day to day basis.  Indeed issues in this area of daily living tasks may indicate that a memory assessment is indicated. Why Money Management Becomes Difficult As Cognition Declines It is not surprising that money management causes so…

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The Herbert Protocol: Finding Vulnerable Missing People With Dementia Sooner

Here’s something that it seemed important to share with people with dementia and those who support them in a personal and professional capacity.  I didn’t know about the Herbert Protocol until researching this post. I’ll certainly be promoting its use with the people that I work with and encouraging my local police force to give it prominence. George…

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Reality Orientation Revisited: A Seasonal Approach

I was first introduced to working with people with dementia nearly twenty years ago as a student.   ‘Reality orientation’,   providing information about the person, time and place to compensate for their lack of ability to orientate themselves  was a trendy concept back then.  Many hospital wards  made a half-hearted attempt at implementing this approach by providing a…

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Lighting and its Role in Creating the Optimum Environment for People with Dementia

It seems obvious that making changes to the physical environment will be beneficial for a person with dementia in terms of helping them make sense of their environment, compensating for difficulties that they experience and improving their sense of wellbeing.  Considering their lighting needs in the places where they live and spend time  is an important part of…

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Like a Fish: Swimming and Dementia

  The diagnosis of any chronic or life limiting illness  including those that are classed as dementia can be a wake up call.   It can spur people on to lead more fulfilling lives and do new things to make the most of every moment.  Others become more determined to carry on as normal and maintain…

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We’re Not There Yet: A Dementia Bill of Rights

Here’s something interesting that I came across the other day.  ‘An Alzheimer’s Disease Bill of Rights’  was formulated by Virginia Marsh Bell and David Troxel  in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia.  What’s surprising is that this was published way back in 1994.  It proposes: Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or…

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Dementia and The Dentist

Advances in treatment mean that a visit to a dentist’s surgery is much less traumatic now than in living memory.   It still isn’t a place though that many of us relish going.    Treatment can still involve elements of pain, be uncomfortable  and invasive or jar on the senses.    People without cognitive problems often find a dental appointment…

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Style vs. Practicality: Dressing and Dementia

For many of us the way that we dress is a means of expression.  We might have a personal style that may be chosen for visual effect or to allow us to fulfill the roles that we choose for ourselves.  As a person’s dementia progresses it is important that this aspect of maintaining a sense of self is…

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A Place For Everything: Decluttering and Dementia

  Although I’m not following the book to the letter I’m inspired by ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo.   The ordering of my own house  is incomplete but already I’ve seen improvements in my quality of life.  I’ve done this through eliminating clutter , freeing up space and storing stuff in ways where…

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