DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Delirium and its Interrelationship with Dementia

As a mental health practitioner working with people over the age of 65,  I’ve come across people who’ve been discharged from general hospitals with a newly diagnosed dementia who make a full recovery recover soon after discharge.  This might seem slightly odd given that dementia is a degenerative disease.   Miracle working is not at play…

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Firearms and Dementia: A UK Perspective

In the United Kingdom  firearms ownership is deemed a privilege rather than a right.   Possession in this country is highly regulated and has been particularly restrictive since the Dunblane school shooting of 2002.  Gun licensing is the responsibility of local police forces and a person has to have a very good reason to own this…

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Aromatherapy and Dementia

There are just a few small scale research studies that have explored the use of aromatherapy as treatment for some of the unpleasant symptoms of agitation and distress that some people with dementia experience.   Most notably the use of melissa  (lemon balm)  to ease agitation and the properties of lavender to promote sleep have been…

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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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