DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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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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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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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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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How the Police Have Helped Me Support People with Dementia

In rural Devon where I live and work,  I have formed strong links with the officers who police the community in my area.  I have found them to be sensitive and compassionate when working with people with dementia.    Because of this I wanted to identify some of the ways in which they have been helpful. Yet…

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Memory and Emotion: A Reflection

For a long time I’ve suspected that memories of people with dementia are sustained by those attached to strong emotions.    For instance I was working with a lady with advanced Alzheimer’s disease who struggled even  to remember the names of family members.  She’d had strong connections to a country where there had been a major disaster…

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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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