Feb 11, 2019

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Dementia: why you should care

Dementia: why you should care

Posted in : All, Personal Experience & Interviews on by : Giulia Melchiorre
  • Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia, by 2050 the number of people with dementia is expected to exceed 130 million, and the total estimated cost of dementia will double from 1 to $2 trillion within the next ..

    Feb 4, 2019

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    How massage can benefit people affected by dementia

    How massage can benefit people affected by dementia

    Posted in : All, Treatment & Therapies on by : Giulia Melchiorre

    Although currently no medication to cure or halt the progression of dementia exists, there are non-medical therapies that can be highly beneficial to people with dementia. We recently spoke to Katharine, who is a complementary therapist from Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, ..

    Jan 21, 2019

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    Addressing inappropriate sexual behaviours in dementia

    Addressing inappropriate sexual behaviours in dementia

    At times dementia can lead to challenging behaviours, including inappropriate sexual behaviour. Changes in behaviour can be amongst the most difficult aspects of dementia care that families have to deal with. In the previous blog I discussed what can cause ..

    Jan 14, 2019

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    Dementia, sexuality and intimacy

    Dementia, sexuality and intimacy

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

    It can be difficult to talk about topics that are as personal and sensitive as someone’s sexual and intimate behaviour. In our society we do not like to openly discuss sexual acts, even less so when a close relative is ..

    Nov 26, 2018

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    The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 2)

    The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 2)

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

    Last week I tried to tackle the difficult topic of emotional changes that people with dementia often experience. In this blog I will discuss the impact that changes in emotional experiences can have on daily life and share a few ..

    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 ..

    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 – ..