DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Communication

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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Making Sure That A Person’s Voice is Heard After a Dementia Diagnosis

It’s all too easy for people to lose confidence after they receive a diagnosis of dementia and withdraw from the world around them.   Some of the insecurity might come  because they do not trust their own judgement or abilities anymore.   Embarrassing or upsetting interactions with others who lack the necessary awareness to engage with a person with dementia respectfully…

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Why Life Story Work is Important for People with Dementia

Past experiences including significant  relationships,  where we have lived, our family, cultural and spiritual  backgrounds and the roles and activities we have sustained all go towards making us the individual that we are today.   As such it is my personal view is that life story work  carried out in a way that is carefully tailored to an individual’s personal preference is essential…

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Smart Speakers and Dementia

The inspiration for this article came  the other day.  I was staying with a friend, whose husband is a bit of a gadget freak.  They have an Amazon Echo,  an interactive speaker that the couple talk to intermittently.  It seems that speakers these days do far more than those I’ve used as an illustration for this post.  They…

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How People with Dementia Might Continue to Enjoy Reading

Reading is a skill that most of us acquired at an early age. As well as helping us perform other activities of daily living, for example by providing instruction and giving information about the world that we live in, for many of us it is a well loved pastime. We read to escape from reality,…

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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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Lies, Lies, Lies

This is  the fictional Baron Munchausen whose fantastical stories of his exploits such as riding on a cannonball and wrestling a forty foot crocodile delighted his captivated audience.  He was a complete fibber but nobody seemed to mind for they were enthralled by his tales.   But this got me thinking.  Is it ever justified to lie?…

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Do Not Ask Me To Remember

  Do not ask me to remember, Don’t try to make me understand, Let me rest and know you’re with me, Kiss my cheek and hold my hand. I’m confused beyond your concept, I am sad and sick and lost. All I know is that I need you To be with me at all cost.…

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What Do You Want To Do?

I  have my own list of things that I want to do before I die.  It includes places that I want to visit,  activities that I’d like to try and things that I’d love to see. Some will take some saving and planning.  Visiting Easter Island falls into that category.    I’m going to have to…

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