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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Eating Problems and Dementia

  A person with dementia might experience changes in their eating habits and it is essential to be aware that the disease may be the cause of these.  Sometimes the consequences of these will be insignificant.  However in other instances these variations may be damaging to health, or even in some cases, life threatening.   Here’s…

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Firearms and Dementia: A UK Perspective

In the United Kingdom  firearms ownership is deemed a privilege rather than a right.   Possession in this country is highly regulated and has been particularly restrictive since the Dunblane school shooting of 2002.  Gun licensing is the responsibility of local police forces and a person has to have a very good reason to own this…

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How the Police Have Helped Me Support People with Dementia

In rural Devon where I live and work,  I have formed strong links with the officers who police the community in my area.  I have found them to be sensitive and compassionate when working with people with dementia.    Because of this I wanted to identify some of the ways in which they have been helpful. Yet…

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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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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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