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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Prescribing Activity for People with Dementia: Using Occupation as an Addition or an Alternative to Medication

For many illnesses we are used to being given medication to aid recovery or at least to make things better by relieving symptoms.  When someone receives a diagnosis of dementia the current options for prescribing are somewhat limited.  Sadly there are no cures.  Cholinesterase drugs, such as donepezil, which are primarily prescribed for people with…

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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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Alcohol and Dementia

  The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom have indicated that alcohol intake is increasing among the elderly population.  Their figures suggest that 1 in 5 older men and 1 in 10 women drink more than recommended guidelines.  As people age they also  tend to become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.  This…

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Keep Taking The Pills

Most people with dementia will need medication. This might be for the dementia itself or another illness that they have as well.   Problems around taking tablets and other forms of drugs as prescribed could potentially impact on their ability to remain well and live as independently as possible for as long as possible.  It’s why I…

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Alzheimer’s Medication: How I understand it

  For as many years as I’ve been working as an occupational therapist  a class of drugs known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, given in the form of pills and patches, have been used to manage the symptoms of  Alzheimer’s dementia.  Three variants all working in slightly different ways were routinely prescribed:   Donepezil  (Aricept), Galanthamine (Reminyl) and Rivastigmine (Exelon).…

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