DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Remaining Independent

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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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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One Size Does Not Fit All: Why There is a Need for a Personalised Approach for People with Dementia.

Inspiration for this article came after I’d tweeted about the Dementia Dog Project.   Dogs are matched  to a person with dementia and then trained to help them manage the demands of the individual’s unique routine.  Of course they provide companionship and an incentive for the person to get out and about too.    ‘Wouldn’t having a dog reminding you…

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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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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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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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Dementia Villages: The Way Forward

Quite often these days I read stories about plans to build dementia villages around the world like the one at Hogeweyk in the Netherlands.  Many of you might be familiar with this.  Here, around 150 people, who all have advanced dementia,  live in a secure nursing facility that mimics the outside world.  It has a supermarket,…

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