DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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Gizmos and Gadgets: Aids and Adaptations for People with Dementia

When people think about my profession they often recall times where they, or someone they know, have been advised by an occupational therapist  about equipment to compensate for problems in carrying out daily activities.  Helping people to remain independent in this way was a large part of my role when I worked in a rehabilitation…

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Activity and Dementia: Printmaking

Printmaking is an activity close to my heart.  It is something that I love to do in my spare time.  Linocutting is my own favourite technique.  I carve into sheets of lino special tools and make printing plates.  Complex designs can be created by layering colours using multiple sheets.  I love the process of thinking through…

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Smokers with Dementia

I remember working with a funny and wonderfully endearing woman who also happened to have  dementia.  She lived in her own bungalow in  a small village.  For two years her neighbour begged me ‘to put her in a home’.   These requests initially seemed ludicrous and were made solely on the basis that the woman was repeating…

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Activity and Dementia: Adult Playgrounds

Here’s a picture I took in Barcelona a few years back.  It shows my son in an adult playground exercising alongside some of the city’s elderly residents.  I have to say that seemed a little perturbed that they had to share their ‘playground’  with a child! These outdoor gyms seem to be popping up all over the…

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Avoiding Dehydration for People with Dementia

As summer approaches and temperatures rise the risk of dehydration in the elderly population increases.  This post explores why people with dementia are more susceptible and what can be done to encourage adequate hydration – even when a person doesn’t like water! Why the Risk of Dehydration Increases for People with Dementia There are a number…

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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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What Can You Tell From A Smell

The food writer and broadcaster, Nigel Slater, got me thinking. In his book, ‘Eating for England’. he said that he chose a home for his  much loved Aunt Elvie based on the fact that it didn’t smell of wee.  If ever I have the unenviable task of doing this for my mum or dad, this would…

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Come On: Be A Dementia Friend

I like the idea of blogging as activism even if it works on just a  very small scale at an individual level.    So if just one person becomes a Dementia Friend after reading this post I’ll be a very happy bunny.  Of course if there’s more of you that join up then I’d be even more delighted.…

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Brakes

Changes  to the frontal lobes are a feature of many types of dementia.   This part of the brain is busy!  Among other things it has roles to play in controlling emotions, problem solving, language,  judgement and motor function.  I also like to think of it as having metaphorical brakes surrounding it.   For it is where speech and…

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