DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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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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Delirium and its Interrelationship with Dementia

As a mental health practitioner working with people over the age of 65,  I’ve come across people who’ve been discharged from general hospitals with a newly diagnosed dementia who make a full recovery recover soon after discharge.  This might seem slightly odd given that dementia is a degenerative disease.   Miracle working is not at play…

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Casino Daycare: A Good Idea?

  An article about an alternative to conventional day care  caught my eye.   The founder,  Kaoru Mori,  had an idea after seeing how enthusiastically older people  participated in gaming activities in Las Vegas.     So he’s set up a number of casino-type day centres in his home country of Japan, a nation where  gambling is usually frowned upon.    Although real…

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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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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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Live In Care: A Viable Care Choice for a Person with Dementia?

There may come a time when it is no longer possible for a person with dementia to live in their own home.  Perhaps they are  no longer safe between the visits from professional carers and the family and friends who support them.  Or it could be that they become anxious or frightened when left alone for any period of time. …

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Preventing Constipation for People with Dementia

Maintaining regular bowel habits has an important contribution in keeping a person with dementia healthy and uncomfortable.  In the early stages of the disease a person may identify for themselves that something is wrong, for example if they have not had a bowel movement for longer than usual or if their stools are unusually hard.  Even so many…

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