Archive for September 2017

Television For People With Dementia

Watching television is often viewed from a negative perspective.  It’s seen as a mindless passive way of spending time.  True it can also be a pastime that encourages a sedentary lifestyle if engaged in excessively.     But like it or not its part and parcel of our culture.  Estimates for the average viewing habits vary…

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The Nun Study

David Snowdon’s Aging with Grace:  What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Living Longer, Healthier and More Meaningful Lives  has been on my reading list for some time now.    So I took it away with me on my travels this summer.  I’ll admit that, on first glance, a book published in 2001 which describes the early…

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Mirrors and Dementia: A Reflection!

The inspiration for this post came at the weekend when I was staying in Bristol with my fourteen year old son.   We were walking around the city centre and went by a stall selling vintage clothing along the waterside.  The stallholder had placed a mirror for  customers to use.  My son caught a glimpse of the…

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Establishing Routines for People With Dementia

There is so much that we all do on a daily basis without thinking because it is part of our regular routine.  It is as if we are on autopilot whilst going about our daily business: getting washed and dressed, food preparation, cleaning, exercising, getting around our house and  local environment and even driving.   I’m often amazed that…

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Activity and Dementia: Kitemaking and Flying

Flying kites has  the potential for enriching the experience of people with dementia at all stages of the disease on lots of different levels.  What I particularly like is its capacity to encourage playfulness in the outdoor environment.  Yet, unlike some other activities that involve toys it is generally seen as acceptable for grown ups to…

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Downsizing Into a Care Setting: Taking What Matters

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1 Timothy 6:7 This is an undeniable truth from the Bible that crosses religious boundaries.  Yet it occurred to me that often the process of preparing to leave this world with no possessions often starts well before death.  A person…

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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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Pet Care For People with Dementia

When someone is first diagnosed with dementia they themselves and those who support them will have many questions about how the disease will affect them personally.    If they are a pet owner they may also worry about how they are going to look after their animal.   How will they be able to care for another living…

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