To recognize World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September, CRE Salamanca created a highly visual infographic that captures the nature of repetitive symptoms and their impact on the lives of people living with dementia. Repetitive symptoms are often misunderstood and create frustration and exhaustion for clients and their family/professional caregivers. It is important to remember that people with dementia cannot control their symptoms. #Alzheimer'sDementiaCaregiving
Our new reality living with my grandfather who has dementia
Communication is vital to our well-being. People living with dementia slowly lose their language skills and their ensuing quality of life. Here are some tips to help communicating with people living with dementia.
Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses such as taste, smell, vison, hearing, and touch. Sensory stimulation enables us to engage with the environment and communicate in multiple and complex ways.
Music has been proven to be very beneficial for the elderly in long term care, particularly those living with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Here are some wonderful free playlists of famous songs from the 40s, 50s
Adapting and modifying games for seniors is necessary for all sorts of different reasons. As well as for those living with dementia, games need to be modified for those who use wheelchairs and those with impaired vision or sensory loss.
Barlavington Manor (http://www.barlavingtonmanor.co.uk/) is a family run, West Sussex Residential Care Home in Petworth, with Assisted Living, Dementia Unit and stunning views over the South Downs that can take you through all these experiences.
Rain sticks are well loved by babies and older children. They are also particularly good for people living with dementia. They remind people of the sound of gently falling rain, which is harmonious and relaxing.
Coloring for seniors is a therapeutic and satisfying activity. Research into the effects of coloring activities for people living with dementia show positive outcomes, most notably a decrease in agitation and anxiety.
Snoezelen Rooms and Sensory Environments for Dementia Care