DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Archive for March 2018

Bingo: Activity and Dementia

‘It’s bingo this afternoon.’ said the manager of a care home when I was visiting. ‘I’ve tried to stop it but the residents love it so much.’   It’s easy to be a bit snobby but  I’ll confess to having a thoroughly enjoyable little fling with this game of chance a few years ago.  My son’s…

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How Long Is A Piece of String?: The Progression of Dementia

A few years ago I snapped the cruciate ligament at the back of my knee in a skiing accident.  After it was repaired  I underwent a lengthy period of rehab.  My physiotherapist explained the  regime that he’d devised for me in some detail.  He make it very clear that I could not speed up the process and I had to…

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Activity and Dementia: Flower Crafts

The inspiration for today’s picture and this post comes from an old memory.  Twenty years ago I was an occupational therapy student  on placement in an older adult mental health service.  In those days  provision for dementia patients within the NHS was far more extensive than now and the trust where I was working not only had…

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Pain As A Driver For Agitation For People With Dementia

If you think about it  most of us can be pretty dysfunctional if we’re in  severe pain.   We might cry, whine, withdraw social contact or get needier,  find it harder to pay attention and avoid normal activity.     In extreme cases we might lash out verbally and physically at those who cause or exacerbate the pain. …

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Casino Daycare: A Good Idea?

  An article about an alternative to conventional day care  caught my eye.   The founder,  Kaoru Mori,  had an idea after seeing how enthusiastically older people  participated in gaming activities in Las Vegas.     So he’s set up a number of casino-type day centres in his home country of Japan, a nation where  gambling is usually frowned upon.    Although real…

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Doing A Good Job with Dementia

It was heartwarming to read the story of  Yvonne Salomon.  She was supported by Sainsburys,  to continue working for nearly five years after her diagnosis of  early onset Alzheimer’s disease   As the skills of this bookkeeper changed, her managers met regularly with Mrs Salomon and her husband for welfare updates.  Over time they made informed changes to her working…

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Have Dementia: Will Travel

For many of us, holidays are an important means of  recharging our batteries.   However trips away for a person with dementia can seem counter to advice to stick to a regular routine.   And it is true that, some people, especially in the later stages of the disease are happiest if they remain in their familiar setting.   Yet people…

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Lifestyle Change Following a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? Mild cognitive impairmen (MCI)  causes changes in the way that a person’s brain functions. This will often be to a degree that causes concern to the individual or others that they spend time with.  Consequently they regularly present to their GPs or specialist memory services for assessment and receive this diagnosis.   So how does this…

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