DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Physical Activity

Safety in the Garden For People with Dementia

Access to well thought out gardens can be therapeutic for everyone, including people with dementia, on so many levels.   They are spaces to breathe fresh air, relax, socialise,  engage in physical activity,   watch wildlife,  be creative and  grow things to eat and/or enhance the outside environment.    However they are also places where there is…

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Colder Darker Days: Preparing for Winter with Dementia

The colder, darker days of winter pose environmental challenges for people with dementia both indoors and outside the home.   Here we will consider some of the ways that a person can keep safe and well and maintain their well-being during the winter period.  What is crucial is to consider whether additional  support is needed through this period. …

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Managing Sound in the Environment for People with Dementia

The auditory quality of the space where a person with dementia lives has an important role in promoting their well-being and orientating them to their environment.  This applies whether or not they have a hearing impairment,  a condition that commonly runs alongside a dementia diagnosis.    We all have different auditory preferences and tolerance to noise too. …

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Making a Bathroom More Dementia Friendly

  Let’s get this straight.  I don’t even think for a minute that the bathroom featured here would be suitable for many people with dementia.  Lack of rails, the potential for strange shadows from that stained glass,  a slippery rug, splinter laden logs and lack of contrast spring to mind when looking at it.  But  I just…

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Dementia and Walking

Walking is an activity that is very dear to my own heart and a passion that I share with many other people.   I walk to enjoy the open air, to revisit old sites and make new discoveries, to keep fit and to clear the mental cobwebs.   Yet if a person with dementia has the desire to…

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Falls and Dementia: Part 2: Reducing Falls for People with Dementia

In my previous post (follow the link here) I considered some of the things that might increase the risk of falls for people with dementia.  In the second post of this series  I’ve outlined below  steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of falling or even prevent it happening altogether.  Such a brief overview cannot consider every factor that might…

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Activity and Dementia: Kitemaking and Flying

Flying kites has  the potential for enriching the experience of people with dementia at all stages of the disease on lots of different levels.  What I particularly like is its capacity to encourage playfulness in the outdoor environment.  Yet, unlike some other activities that involve toys it is generally seen as acceptable for grown ups to…

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