Dementia: Reassurance When Feeling Adrift

Soon after my husband Jonathan started working in a dementia home, he told me about something that had happened during his day.It was a Sunday lunchtime and everyone was getting ready to sit down to eat their Sunday roast, when he heard three of the

Read More

Special Moments

My first day as activities coordinator in the secure dementia wing of a rest home didn’t go quite as smoothly as I would have wished. One resident decided he didn’t like the look of me, and in fact became quite upset. I don’t know if it was because I

Read More

A Little Bit More Give and Take

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.- Leo BuscagliaCaregivers know this.There is no glory i

Read More

Would Ignorance be Bliss?

In my last blog “Is Fear the Best Motivator?” I wrote about how I feel external influences can negatively affect someone newly diagnosed with a health condition. But with or without a diagnosis, many of us spend a lot of time thinking about our healt

Read More

Is Fear the Best  Motivator in Healthcare?

A life-changing diagnosis seems bad enough without the stigma or possible guilt from feeling that this was somehow avoidable.These days we are constantly bombarded by health studies. One week we are told we must act one way to reduce the risk of dise

Read More

Move a Mountain, or just a Community?

As I mentioned in my previous post "Ducks in a Row", I have become interested in thinking about the way we look after people who need aged care, and how we want to do this in the future.3 questions: 1. Have you ever heard anyone say "We have an agei

Read More

Ducks in a Row

I think we all hope to have all our ducks in a row by the time we are elderly and in need of care. Maybe we don't give it a lot of thought until we're getting closer. Or maybe it's assumed someone else will take care of it? I remember when I was abou

Read More

How we want to help people living with dementia

Engaging people with mid to late stage dementia can be extremely hard. Something a person may really enjoy doing one day may not get a second look the next. So having a variety of activities is really helpful. It’s always a matter of trying for the r

Read More