The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 1)

The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 1)

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 ..

Nov 19, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
Lost for words: Communication breakdown in dementia

Lost for words: Communication breakdown in dementia

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 24, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
Who am I? Self-awareness in dementia

Who am I? Self-awareness in dementia

In our understanding dementia blog series we explore how dementia affects someone, what this means and what you can do. Who am I? What am I good at? Where do my weaknesses lie? Those are just some of the questions ..

Sep 3, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
Understanding what it means to have dementia

Understanding what it means to have dementia

An introduction Everyone’s experience of living with dementia is different. 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 ..

Aug 14, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
Self-care rituals

Self-care rituals

– 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 – often ..

Aug 2, 2018 Kinga Antal
Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

As a dementia carer, self care is so important. Because you can’t look after someone else, if you’re not looking after yourself. After finishing University I found myself in a position, where I had so many choices to make, but ..

Jul 25, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
What worked in the past?

What worked in the past?

Caring for yourself as a dementia carer is incredibly important – in our self care as a carer series you can find advice and suggestions for looking after yourself. Trust yourself Trusting your own wisdom when applying grounding practices When ..

Jul 19, 2018 Kinga Antal
One day at a time

One day at a time

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

Jul 3, 2018 Kinga Antal
Perspectives of dementia in Latin America: Bolivia

Perspectives of dementia in Latin America: Bolivia

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

Jun 25, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre
Social networks

Social networks

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 18, 2018 Kinga Antal