Navigating Mealtimes with Dementia: Solutions and Empowerment
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by talkingdementia
5d ago
This blog emerged as a result of my project work with Alzheimer Scotland. During this project I had the privilege of updating content on the www.connectingpeopleconnectingsupport.online website. This fantastic website was designed to help you embed health promoting activities into your daily routine. The blog itself was born out of requests for advice and strategies related to cutlery usage. However, as we delved deeper, we recognised that there were additional mealtime-related challenges that could benefit from practical solutions. As an Occupational Therapist, my constant focus is on preser ..read more
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Music Therapy, Care Home Teams and Dementia AHP Dementia Webinar
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by talkingdementia
1w ago
http://www.alzscot.org/ahpwebinars What a lovely way to finish my day.  Very interesting and motivating presentation.  Loved it.  thank you. Every two months we work together as an allied health professional’s community to develop, for you, a national AHP Dementia Webinar where we share the work and practice of allied health professionals in Scotland. Our vision for the webinars is “through working in partnership, we can all improve outcomes for people that really matter”. Our AHP Dementia webinar at the end of 2023 was called “Music Therapy, Care Home Teams and Dementia”.   ..read more
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“Driving and Dementia” AHP Dementia Webinar
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by talkingdementia
2w ago
Thanks so much to all. Really valuable session. Really great webinar everyone was super. Every two months we work together as an allied health professionals community to develop, for you, a national AHP Dementia Webinar where we share the work and practice of allied health professionals in Scotland. Our vision for the webinars is “through working in partnership, we can all improve outcomes for people that really matter”. Our AHP Dementia webinar in October 2023 with just over 200 people was called “Sharing the importance of driving from the perspectives of lived experience, clinical practice ..read more
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A change in perspective
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by talkingdementia
3w ago
Reflection from occupational therapy students on placement with Alzheimer Scotland regarding young onset dementia Samantha, Chloe & Stuart Hello, my name is Chloe, and I am a 2nd year Master of Occupational Therapy Student studying at Queen Margaret University. I am currently on my final practice placement in Alzheimer Scotland alongside another Occupational therapy student, Samantha. We have worked collaboratively over the last 10 weeks to create awareness for our profession. Our efforts have included creating and leading groups in the West Lothian Alzheimer Scotland Brain health and deme ..read more
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Lifestyle Matters
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by talkingdementia
1M ago
https://dementiatogether.online/home/lifestyle-matters Connecting People, Connecting Support was designed to help you embed health promoting activities into your daily routine. Whether you are visiting this website because you have been told that you have mild-cognitive impairment, have been given a diagnosis of dementia, or want to keep well by taking steps to maintain good brain health, there is something here for everyone.   Connecting People Connecting Support on-line shares 32 topics full of information and resources supporting health promoting activities into a person’s daily r ..read more
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A webinar series: Occupational Therapy & Dementia. Promoting Inclusion, Rights and Opportunities for People Living With Dementia
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by talkingdementia
1M ago
Person, Environment and OCCUPATION. #ROARdementia INTRODUCTION Occupational therapists work to enable people and communities to live their best lives. They work with people of all ages, focusing on the ways in which time spent influences health and well-being, this could be playing sport, through going to work and or a caring for others. But perhaps most importantly, occupational therapists focus on the areas which are identified by people as most important to them, working further to support and enable the person to lead a purposeful, fulfilling life. Irrespective of practice setting, occupa ..read more
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Lessons Learned as an Art Therapy Trainee
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by talkingdementia
1M ago
As I come to the end of my journey as an art therapist trainee, I have learned various skills and techniques that shaped my understanding and practice when working with people with dementia. Here are the top five lessons gained from my placement experience. First and foremost, I understand the significance of building and warming up the therapeutic relationship. Creating a safe space for clients extends beyond the physical surroundings, it involves establishing clear time boundaries. To enhance this, I make it a practice to gently remind the client when there are only 5 minutes remaining in o ..read more
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Communication Matters
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by talkingdementia
1M ago
Little things which can enhance the quality of person-centred communication By Frank O’Hagan “Everything starts and ends with successful communication.” (Anonymous) Introduction Carers always need to be mindful that, as far as dementia is concerned, communication can be both complex and tricky. It calls for careful consideration being given to aspects of talking, listening, reading, writing, and technological usage. Each of these forms of communication are multi-faceted and overlap to some extent. Thoughtfulness and sensitivity are required in the use of both verbal features such as speaking ..read more
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An Occupational Therapy Student’s Learning from a Practice Placement with Alzheimer Scotland
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by talkingdementia
2M ago
The Technology Wall at the Alzheimer Scotland Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centre, Kirkcaldy, Fife. Hello! My name is Eva O’Callaghan and I’m an MSc in Occupational Therapy student at Edinburgh Napier University. I completed an eight-week placement between NHS Fife and Alzheimer Scotland at the end of last year, where I spent two days of each week at the Alzheimer Scotland Brain Health and Dementia Resource Centre in Kirkcaldy. I am keen to share my learning with you from my time with Alzheimer Scotland as it relates to the Person Environment Occupation Model of Occupational Therapy (Law ..read more
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Brain Awareness Week. A Global Campaign
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by talkingdementia
2M ago
https://www.brainhealth.scot/ Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. This year’s theme is: “Never too early, never too late” and with this theme we are highlighting  how people of all ages can take care of their brains. For all of us, the week is an opportunity to spread key messages of prevention and practical ways people can look after their brain health. If we eat, exercise and sleep well we can help keep our brains healthy and fuelled with oxygen and nutrients. No matter our age, we need to stimulate our brains by being wit ..read more
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