Archive for May 2018

Depression and Dementia: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Estimates vary but it is clear  that the incidence of depression in people who have  dementia is higher than in the general adult population.  Personally this has never seemed surprising.    There can be so much loss around the diagnosis which frequently comes at a time of life where further challenging life events such as…

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Eating Problems and Dementia

  A person with dementia might experience changes in their eating habits and it is essential to be aware that the disease may be the cause of these.  Sometimes the consequences of these will be insignificant.  However in other instances these variations may be damaging to health, or even in some cases, life threatening.   Here’s…

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Haircare and Dementia

Maintaining our personal appearance can be an important part of our self identity.  It also affects how others interact with us.    Looking after our hair  forms part and parcel of our daily grooming routine.   It may also be cut, styled, coloured and permed on a less regular basis.    It’s occurred to me, whilst…

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Nutrition and Dementia: A Reflection

  There is a wealth of online information and I regularly come across claims about how different types of foods might prevent or manage the progression of dementia.  However  I am generally reluctant to talk about the role of  nutrition in these areas.   To be honest  I know too little about the subject and I…

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Does A Specific Dementia Diagnosis Matter?

I’ve recently been having a very friendly argument with one of the prescribers that I work with.  I’m questioning the specific dementia diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease that someone has been given.   Some of the features of this person’s condition however, do not seem typical.  For the stage of the dementia their memory seems more preserved…

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Prisoners with Dementia: A Few Thoughts

A Guardian article from June 2017 outlined the problems facing the Prison Service in England and Wales because of the three-fold rise in their elderly population over the last fifteen years.  You can read it by following the link here.   It quotes an ex-prisoner who had recently been released after serving twenty five years: “My…

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