Carers: Saving Time for the “Important Things”

I was watching an ad on TV for some cooking implement the other day and heard this statement, “Save time so you can spend it on the important things”. I wondered to myself, what do they think the important things are? Surely eating is important. And

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If I Had Dementia, I Would Want You to Know...

A while ago Jonathan and I wrote about the fear of dementia. One of the big fears about getting dementia is the fact you could lose your voice and be reliant on others to interpret and meet your needs. I thought I would write some of the things I wou

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Dementia & The Magic of Words

"What I Speak is What I Create"“Abracadabra” is a very old word and there is some debate about where it came from. A widely accepted view is it is from the ancient Aramaic language and means “What I speak is what I create”. I’ll let the debate go on

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Capturing our History and all the Extra Little Bits

These days there is a lot of historical information available to us and we are fortunate to have it presented in interesting ways. Boring wordy old history books have been replaced by colourful and interactive books, there are movies, documentaries,

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The Fear of Dementia

These days you don't have to look too far to find the latest opinion on Alzheimer's disease. Things you should do or must not do for your best chance of avoiding it. Maybe these things will help, but I am concerned that the fear of a diagnosis will p

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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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