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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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