Occupational Therapy

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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Watching Someone Make a Cup of Tea: How Occupational Assessment Can Unpick Problems For People with Cognitive Difficulties

As an occupational therapist working with people experiencing problems with cognition I’ll analyse the activities that form part of their everyday lives in order to give me clues about what is going on for them.  Sometimes this will form part of a discussion.  I might ask the person, or a person that knows them well,  questions about what they…

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As Time Goes By: Adapting Activity

Deteriorating brain function characterises the diseases that are classed as dementia.  So over time, we can expect it to get harder for people with these illnesses  to perform the activities that they need and want to do in the same way and  to the same standard  as before they were diagnosed. This loss of function is highly…

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Neuroplasticity: Rewiring for the brain with dementia.

Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the way that the brain can adapt during a person’s lifetime.  For example, in response to injury caused by trauma such as an accident or a stroke, the brain can undergo ‘rewiring’.   I’m not an expert in neurology  so won’t be going into  detail abut the physiological processes…

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Activity and Dementia: Colouring

Who’d have thought it!   Colouring used to be an activity that was firmly associated with childhoood but no more.   The craze for adult colouring, that started in France in 2012 when a book, ‘ Art-thérapie: 100 Coloriages anti-stress’, became a best seller. is still going strong.  Claims that it is good for promoting well-being. reducing…

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A Weighty Subject

I was fortunate enough recently to visit the very moving  Museum of the Mind at the Bethlem Hospital in South London.    It’s a fascinating place that combines a wonderful collection of art with displays about the history of mental health care.   Please visit if you have the opportunity.  You won’t be disappointed. This exhibit intrigued…

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