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 ..

Aug 2, 2018

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Self-care rituals

Self-care rituals

Posted in : All, Dementia Care on by : Kinga Antal

  – the last bit of our wee self-care for carers series –  Cultures, communities and even some families have their own rituals. These tend to have a social bonding purpose and can be charged with a symbolic meaning – ..

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 ..

Jul 19, 2018

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What worked in the past?

What worked in the past?

Posted in : All, Dementia Care on by : Kinga Antal

Trusting your own wisdom when applying grounding practices When it comes to self-care, we know ourselves better than anyone else does. Relying on our own wisdom that stems from our prior experiences with grounding, coping and helpful distractions is empowering, ..

Jul 3, 2018

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One day at a time

One day at a time

Posted in : All, Dementia Care on by : Kinga Antal

Relying on the principle ’one day at a time’ makes it easier to cope with difficulties coming our way and also allows us to prioritize our self-care practices. Aligning your daily tasks and self-care – one day at a time ..

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 18, 2018

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Social networks

Social networks

Posted in : All, Dementia Care on by : Kinga Antal

Self-care support system for carers We are social beings. Our connections and interactions with others contribute significantly to how we feel on a day-to-day basis. As one wise man once said, we are the average of the five people we ..

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 ..