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 ..
Although dementia is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of symptoms, including changes in behaviour, thinking and physical ability, most people only associate dementia with memory loss. This is because memory loss is often one of the first ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
Dementia can cause individuals to behave in different, unpredictable and erratic ways. Some people with dementia (PwD) become anxious and aggressive, while others may become lethargic and depressive. Many repeat certain gestures or questions and some could misinterpret what they ..