Dementia: Encouraging Individual Choices

For a person living with dementia having the ability to make good decisions and to choose clearly what they want can become challenging. It can also become difficult to communicate to others what they need or feel. This can result in feelings of ange

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How Reminiscing is Beneficial to those Living with Dementia

Reminisce is a strange word. It is not a word I had used a lot in my life, possibly ever, before I started working on resources for people with dementia. My husband, Jonathan, will come home from the dementia home he works in and a lot of what he has

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Why Poetry Works For People Living with Dementia

Poetry is an excellent way of connecting people, and it has shown itself to be a powerful approach to reconnecting with people who are having difficulty communicating.Poetry is an invaluable creative outlet for everyone involved, whether you are th

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Watching for Dehydration in the Vulnerable Elderly

It’s been hot and sticky, hard to sleep and after moaning through the winter, here we are again complaining about the weather hah! It’s not surprising if some of us get a little irritable. Not remembering to keep up our fluid intake is only going to

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Help Fill in the Gaps for Someone with Memory Loss

I know a young person, who I'll call Lucy, whose grandmother had a stroke last year. Lucy's grandmother has regained a lot of her mobility and speech but she is struggling with her memory. Lucy proudly told me when she visits or video chats with her

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When You're Smiling... the benefits of laughter in Aged Care

Last week Julie and I attended a session of the Occupational Therapists’ Association looking at the benefits of humour in Aged Care. They also talked about the use of humour in diffusing difficult situations or situations with heightened emotions. I

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Communal Living with Dementia

I was thinking how strange it must be to be a person living with dementia having been placed in a rest home or dementia facility. In general, people aren’t accustomed to communal living. Most people diagnosed with dementia, I imagine, have probably

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