DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS JULIE COLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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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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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Nutrition and Dementia: A Reflection

  There is a wealth of online information and I regularly come across claims about how different types of foods might prevent or manage the progression of dementia.  However  I am generally reluctant to talk about the role of  nutrition in these areas.   To be honest  I know too little about the subject and I…

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Does A Specific Dementia Diagnosis Matter?

I’ve recently been having a very friendly argument with one of the prescribers that I work with.  I’m questioning the specific dementia diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease that someone has been given.   Some of the features of this person’s condition however, do not seem typical.  For the stage of the dementia their memory seems more preserved…

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Prisoners with Dementia: A Few Thoughts

A Guardian article from June 2017 outlined the problems facing the Prison Service in England and Wales because of the three-fold rise in their elderly population over the last fifteen years.  You can read it by following the link here.   It quotes an ex-prisoner who had recently been released after serving twenty five years: “My…

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Going Up and Down: Stairs and Dementia

My friend works at a historic building that is open to visitors.  Recently a group of older people arrived at the ticket office.  He gave directions to one part of the building.   ‘There’s a staircase down but you can get to it from the path outside instead.  It might be easier.’   The gung-ho party pooh-poohed…

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