DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Sensory Preferences: Implications for People with Dementia

Parenting first gave me an appreciation of just how much sensory preferences can affect a person’s life.  My son is very picky about the feel of things on his skin.    Beautiful clothes that were made or bought for him when he was a toddler were never worn.  He even made up his own word…

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Personal Footcare and Dementia

. Looking after feet is essential for everyone including people with dementia.  Good foot health contributes towards retaining mobility, reducing the risk of  falling and maintaining  independence and quality of life.  Foot pain is common and the causes are multifactorial.   So identifying that there is a problem as early as possible can be part of…

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Not Just for Children: Age Appropriate Toys for People with Dementia

Play is sometimes seen as the sole reserve of children.  Yet it is a valuable component of our lifelong experience  that encourages joy, spontaneity, creativity, learning and interaction with others across generational boundaries.    There are such benefits associated with playfulness that it merits active exploration for people with dementia. I’ve written about doll therapy…

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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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Faith and Dementia

When looking for a picture to illustrate this post about supporting people with dementia to maintain their faith practices,  I was pleased to settle on this one,  taken in a Jewish synagogue.  Perhaps  I write, because of my upbringing, from a Western Christian perspective.  However I hope that this article will have relevance for those…

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Depression and Dementia: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Estimates vary but it is clear  that the incidence of depression in people who have  dementia is higher than in the general adult population.  Personally this has never seemed surprising.    There can be so much loss around the diagnosis which frequently comes at a time of life where further challenging life events such as…

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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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Haircare and Dementia

Maintaining our personal appearance can be an important part of our self identity.  It also affects how others interact with us.    Looking after our hair  forms part and parcel of our daily grooming routine.   It may also be cut, styled, coloured and permed on a less regular basis.    It’s occurred to me, whilst…

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