Archive for July 2017

Doll Therapy and Dementia

I was drawn to becoming an occupational therapist so that I could help people explore meaning in their life.  What that entails varies across their lifespan.  For what is meaningful to a person changes over time. It’s  dependent on lots of things: the different roles that they adopt,  their culture  and belief system,  the state of their physical and…

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Hearing Aids and Dementia

I always thought that a very lovely friend of mine was wonderfully serene, if not a bit vague.  Then she had her hearing tested and it turned out that she was quite profoundly deaf, possibly from childhood.  Hearing aids were prescribed and she has become much more animated.  But they’ve takenad a bit to adjusting…

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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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Squirreling It Away: Cognitive Reserve and Dementia

It is common knowledge that squirrels don’t eat all their nuts at once.  They store them away.  Those that have stockpiled the most food are likely to weather the storm for longer when leaner times set in.    We can think of brain function in the same way.   According to the theory of cognitive…

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