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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 ..

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 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 ..

Jun 6, 2018

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Self-care sanctuary

Self-care sanctuary

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

The term ’safe space’ tends to be used with slightly varying meanings. In the context of our self-care series, it refers to a space where you feel most comfortable and safe from day-to-day stress; a space where you can relax ..

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 23, 2018

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Self-care box

Self-care box

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

As in the previous part of our Self-Care for Carers series, we will continue to explore practices that support our overall well-being. A self-care box is a little treasure-chest for your mind and spirit.  It contains items that as per ..