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Apr 8, 2019

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Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

In last week’s blog I discussed how memory works and why it becomes affected in dementia. Today, I will look at how memory loss can affect day-to-day life and what can be done to help. How does memory loss affect ..

Mar 4, 2019

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Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

“All of the bad press for the carers – don’t tar us all with the same brush. All the bad is out in the news because other staff members have spoken out against it.”- Catherine In my previous blog, I ..

Feb 25, 2019

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Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

Posted in : All, Dementia Care, Personal Experience & Interviews on by : Giulia Melchiorre

I had the privilege of speaking to four remarkable women that have spent a lot of their time caring for people with dementia. Their professional and personal experiences have given them unique insights into what it means to look after ..

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 ..

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 ..

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, ..