Greening Dementia and Beyond: An Overview

    Access to the natural world outside my home is hugely important to me.  Unless I am unwell  I go out every single day in all weathers.  I’d feel trapped if I couldn’t do this  .  Maybe it’s because of the personal significance of the outdoors that I’m so aghast when I go into…

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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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