DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Social Environment

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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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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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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Dementia Friendly Eating Out

The opportunity to eat food in the social atmosphere of a  pub restaurant or cafe is something that many of us enjoy and look forward to.    For those with dementia and the people that support them it can  be an  activity that  allows them to treat themselves and participate in their wider community.    For some a visit to a local…

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We’re Not There Yet: A Dementia Bill of Rights

Here’s something interesting that I came across the other day.  ‘An Alzheimer’s Disease Bill of Rights’  was formulated by Virginia Marsh Bell and David Troxel  in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia.  What’s surprising is that this was published way back in 1994.  It proposes: Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or…

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Keeping Up Appearances: Dementia Friendly Hairdressers and Barbers

I read about the findings from an interesting study by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Stirling which looked at the role of hair care in dementia.  I was struck by the idea that keeping up appearances was such an important part of preserving the identity of the person not only for their own sake but for…

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La, La, La, La: Singing For the Brain

It was a few years ago now that  I attended  the inaugural session of  a newly formed ‘Singing for the Brain’ group.   I went so that I could better inform the people with dementia  that I work with and those that support them about what went on there.  I wondered if doing this was a…

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Growing Up with Grown Ups

 It saddens me when I go to sign the visitor’s book in a residential or nursing home and find that, in the preceding few days, hardly anyone else apart from staff have stepped through the doors to visit.  So the cockles of my heart were warmed when I heard that the Mount St Vincent care…

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