DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for November 2017

Hand Massage: Accessible Touch Therapy for People with Dementia

Massage therapy has the capacity for relieving stress and  providing positive sensory input and expressive human touch.   As such it can be used to relieve agitation and distress for people with dementia at the earliest through to the most advanced stages of the disease.  Its use can promote well being and  prevent some of the difficult behaviours that originate from  troubled states of mind. …

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Prescribing Activity for People with Dementia: Using Occupation as an Addition or an Alternative to Medication

For many illnesses we are used to being given medication to aid recovery or at least to make things better by relieving symptoms.  When someone receives a diagnosis of dementia the current options for prescribing are somewhat limited.  Sadly there are no cures.  Cholinesterase drugs, such as donepezil, which are primarily prescribed for people with…

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Activity and Dementia: Jigsaws

As an occupational therapist I have a love-hate relationship with jigsaw puzzles.  They seem to be the commonest suggestion that relatives come up with  if if they think that a  person, rightly or wrongly,  might benefit from a bit more activity in their lives.    Often the idea is ill conceived because it is not a good match for…

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Smart Speakers and Dementia

The inspiration for this article came  the other day.  I was staying with a friend, whose husband is a bit of a gadget freak.  They have an Amazon Echo,  an interactive speaker that the couple talk to intermittently.  It seems that speakers these days do far more than those I’ve used as an illustration for this post.  They…

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Activity and Dementia: Breadmaking

  Few food have as much meaning to us as bread.  In its various guises, it is a staple of diets across much of the world, eaten by many on a near daily basis.  It is used metaphorically to suggest material worth and is an important religious symbol in both Judaic and Christian traditions.  Because of…

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Making a Bathroom More Dementia Friendly

  Let’s get this straight.  I don’t even think for a minute that the bathroom featured here would be suitable for many people with dementia.  Lack of rails, the potential for strange shadows from that stained glass,  a slippery rug, splinter laden logs and lack of contrast spring to mind when looking at it.  But  I just…

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Dementia and Walking

Walking is an activity that is very dear to my own heart and a passion that I share with many other people.   I walk to enjoy the open air, to revisit old sites and make new discoveries, to keep fit and to clear the mental cobwebs.   Yet if a person with dementia has the desire to…

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