DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Activities

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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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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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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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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Improving Sleep Quality for People with Dementia

Problems with sleep  are common in the general population as well as for people with dementia.  The reasons for intermittent or more persistent insomnia may be hard to identify and multi-factorial.  I’ll start by outlining  some of the reasons that sleep might be disrupted.  Use this as a checklist to consider what may be presenting problems for…

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Activity and Dementia: Cardmaking

Reasons Why Cardmaking is a Great Activity for People With Dementia This is such an adaptable activity that can be enjoyed by people with a wide ranging mix of abilities, interests and skills. Sessions lend themselves to being something where an end product is produced even if there is little time or the person has a…

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Food Glorious Food: Encouraging a Person with Dementia to Eat

Although people with dementia sometimes gain weight, for example when they experience changes in taste that cause them to crave sugary food,  weight loss is far more common.  This can sometimes be because they aren’t receiving the support that they need to buy and prepare food,  to overcome physical difficulties with eatiing or drinking  or to maintain mealtime routines.   In other instances this…

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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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Colder Darker Days: Preparing for Winter with Dementia

The colder, darker days of winter pose environmental challenges for people with dementia both indoors and outside the home.   Here we will consider some of the ways that a person can keep safe and well and maintain their well-being during the winter period.  What is crucial is to consider whether additional  support is needed through this period. …

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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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