DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for January 2018

Activity and Dementia: Printmaking

Printmaking is an activity close to my heart.  It is something that I love to do in my spare time.  Linocutting is my own favourite technique.  I carve into sheets of lino special tools and make printing plates.  Complex designs can be created by layering colours using multiple sheets.  I love the process of thinking through…

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Double Trouble? Couples with Dementia

The experience of working with people with dementia  has taught me that a person’s  ability to thrive in spite of their diagnosis  often depends on the social network that they have around them.   People with compassionate and supportive friends and family seem to  be able to maintain a better quality of life than those who experience misunderstanding…

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Making Sure That A Person’s Voice is Heard After a Dementia Diagnosis

It’s all too easy for people to lose confidence after they receive a diagnosis of dementia and withdraw from the world around them.   Some of the insecurity might come  because they do not trust their own judgement or abilities anymore.   Embarrassing or upsetting interactions with others who lack the necessary awareness to engage with a person with dementia respectfully…

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Live In Care: A Viable Care Choice for a Person with Dementia?

There may come a time when it is no longer possible for a person with dementia to live in their own home.  Perhaps they are  no longer safe between the visits from professional carers and the family and friends who support them.  Or it could be that they become anxious or frightened when left alone for any period of time. …

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Preventing Constipation for People with Dementia

Maintaining regular bowel habits has an important contribution in keeping a person with dementia healthy and uncomfortable.  In the early stages of the disease a person may identify for themselves that something is wrong, for example if they have not had a bowel movement for longer than usual or if their stools are unusually hard.  Even so many…

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Why Life Story Work is Important for People with Dementia

Past experiences including significant  relationships,  where we have lived, our family, cultural and spiritual  backgrounds and the roles and activities we have sustained all go towards making us the individual that we are today.   As such it is my personal view is that life story work  carried out in a way that is carefully tailored to an individual’s personal preference is essential…

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The Meaning of Handbags for People with Dementia

I’ve recently read an article by Christina Buse and Julia Twigg from the University of Kent, ‘ Women with dementia and their handbags:  Negotiating identity, privacy and ‘home’ through material culture’.  Although it’s an academic piece of writing it’s expressed in language that’s  easy to understand.  It’s a fascinating study and I’d encourage others to read the original article…

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