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Nov 19, 2018

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The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 1)

The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 1)

Posted in : All, Dementia Care, Living with dementia on by : Giulia Melchiorre

How we interact and bond with others is significantly influenced by how we are feeling during that moment in time. Our emotions shape how we experience each day. This is also true for people with dementia who not only have ..

Sep 24, 2018

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Lost for words: Communication breakdown in dementia

Lost for words: Communication breakdown in dementia

Posted in : All, Dementia Care, Living with dementia on by : Giulia Melchiorre

What is communication? When we think of communication we may believe it is the same as language or speech. However, it is much more than that. Communication combines language, attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language to pass ..

Sep 3, 2018

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Who am I? Self-awareness in dementia

Who am I? Self-awareness in dementia

Posted in : All, Living with dementia, Research on by : Giulia Melchiorre

Who am I? What am I good at? Where do my weaknesses lie? Those are just some of the questions that self-awareness helps us answer. We all have a view of ourselves but how others view us can differ significantly ..

Aug 14, 2018

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Understanding what it means to have dementia: An introduction

Understanding what it means to have dementia: An introduction

Posted in : All, Living with dementia on by : Giulia Melchiorre

Everyone’s experience of dementia is different and we can by no means expect to fully understand how someone with dementia is feeling, what they are thinking or what they are experiencing. But what we can do is to try and ..

Jul 25, 2018

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Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

After finishing University I found myself in a position, where I had so many choices to make, but no idea of what I wanted to do. In high school I had always envisioned that it would be easy to fall ..

Jun 25, 2018

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Perspectives of dementia in Latin America: Bolivia

Perspectives of dementia in Latin America: Bolivia

I have been travelling through Bolivia for the past month, and before coming here, I knew very little about this South American country. It is not a country that is much discussed in Europe, yet, I think the case study ..

Jun 11, 2018

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Dementia in Western culture

Dementia in Western culture

Although it is very difficult to measure how culture impacts dementia, it is very likely that cultural factors influence how dementia is understood and treated. In Western cultures there is a relatively consistent view of dementia as a medical condition ..

May 28, 2018

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How our culture affects the way we experience dementia

How our culture affects the way we experience dementia

Posted in : All, Culture & Dementia, Dementia Care on by : Giulia Melchiorre

Dementia does not discriminate. It can be found anywhere in the world. However, the way dementia is viewed differs between communities, because dementia itself is in part a culturally determined phenomena. It relies on our ability to name and give ..

May 14, 2018

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The healing power of sleep: When the brain renews itself

The healing power of sleep: When the brain renews itself

Posted in : All, Research on by : Giulia Melchiorre

What is sleep Sleep a fundamental part of human existence. Yet, is has been very difficult to pin down an exact definition of sleep itself. Sleep can be defined as a naturally recurring state of mind and body. Our nerve ..

Apr 30, 2018

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Genetics and dementia risk: ApoE4

Genetics and dementia risk: ApoE4

Understanding how our genetic make-up is linked to our risk of developing a neurodegenerative disorder such as dementia, and how it influences disease progression, could be key to developing new treatments. However, the diseases that cause dementia are extremely complex, ..