Archive for June 2017

Smokers with Dementia

I remember working with a funny and wonderfully endearing woman who also happened to have  dementia.  She lived in her own bungalow in  a small village.  For two years her neighbour begged me ‘to put her in a home’.   These requests initially seemed ludicrous and were made solely on the basis that the woman was repeating…

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Activity and Dementia: Adult Playgrounds

Here’s a picture I took in Barcelona a few years back.  It shows my son in an adult playground exercising alongside some of the city’s elderly residents.  I have to say that seemed a little perturbed that they had to share their ‘playground’  with a child! These outdoor gyms seem to be popping up all over the…

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As Time Goes By: Adapting Activity

Deteriorating brain function characterises the diseases that are classed as dementia.  So over time, we can expect it to get harder for people with these illnesses  to perform the activities that they need and want to do in the same way and  to the same standard  as before they were diagnosed. This loss of function is highly…

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Stopping The Flow

My friends have just bought a hairdressing salon.    They quickly befriended the very independent 99 year old woman who lives in the flat above.  She’s still going strong  and doesn’t have a dementia but as you would expect she has a few health problems.  It would be pretty unusual if she didn’t have any at that advanced age.   She’s  visually impaired and…

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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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Getting Your Memory Assessed: The Implications

There’s no getting away from it.  The  idea that difficulties with memory or other components of brain function might be a dementia is pretty horrific for most people. The implications can be huge. So I’d strongly recommend consulting a GP as soon as you or those that are close to you notice a problem. Your doctor may be able  to…

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Neuroplasticity: Rewiring for the brain with dementia.

Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the way that the brain can adapt during a person’s lifetime.  For example, in response to injury caused by trauma such as an accident or a stroke, the brain can undergo ‘rewiring’.   I’m not an expert in neurology  so won’t be going into  detail abut the physiological processes…

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Making Sense: The Sensory Environment and Dementia

I went on a day long course from The Sensory Integration Network last year that gave me a glimpse of just how differently a person with dementia might experience the world.   Their course about applying sensory integration principles to older adults comes highly recommended, especially to occupational therapy colleagues  who work in any specialty with  people of…

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Avoiding Dehydration for People with Dementia

As summer approaches and temperatures rise the risk of dehydration in the elderly population increases.  This post explores why people with dementia are more susceptible and what can be done to encourage adequate hydration – even when a person doesn’t like water! Why the Risk of Dehydration Increases for People with Dementia There are a number…

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