If a loved one has dementia you might be worried about how they’ll cope during the festive season. Read our simple guide to help you make Christmas as enjoyable as possible – for everyone.
1. Have a plan
Taking a, ‘let’s see what happens’ approach to the festive season isn’t going to work when you’re caring for someone with dementia. Spontaneous visits can be stressful so make sure to contact anyone who usually drops by (and who your loved one will definitely want to see) and organise dates and times in advance.
2. Trust your instinct
It’s not too late to change a plan you may have agreed to initially but which you’re now worried about. For example, if you’re dreading an overnight stay with Aunty Alice because you know your loved one won’t sleep and could become very unsettled, trust your instinct, confront it now and either cancel the trip or agree to a shorter visit which can be done in a day.
I stumbled across this on the Programs for Elderly website. They provide information on programs related to aging worldwide – check them out for information and inspiration!
Source: Dementia Assistance Programs
Byen for Livet kommer til at ligge centralt i Odense. I den nye bydel skal man kunne bo og leve livet – hele livet – også hvis man bliver afhængig af pleje for eksempel som følge af demens.
Plejeboliger og demensvenlighed bliver helt integreret i bydelen, så man kan fortsætte sit liv i vante rammer, hvis man bliver syg. Det betyder blandt andet, at man kan blive boende sammen med eller i umiddelbar nærhed af sin ægtefælle eller partner, også selvom man måtte få brug for intensiv pleje.
Bydelen kommer til at rumme et helt særligt plejehjem, hvor beboerne bor og lever i mindre enheder i overensstemmelse med den livsstil, de foretrækker. Livsstil bliver defineret som kultur i bred forstand, så det kommer til at handle om meget mere end boligindretning. For eksempel den mad man foretrækker, den musik man kan lide, foretrukne aktiviteter og den måde man er sammen på.
Source: Byen for Livet: Nu starter byggeriet af demensvenlig bydel – Magasinet Pleje
Now the Copenhagen care home residents begin to rejoice. The City of Copenhagen follows the lead of the city of Aarhus and introduces the successful “visit baby scheme” in care homes.
Read the full article (in Danish) here: Visiting Babies introduced in Copenhagen care homes
Scheme for baby visits to the care home in Aarhus has emerged as a ‘resounding success’
Baby Joy! DaneAge believes that the system of visiting babies is “a great idea.” Aarhus Municipality introduced the system a year ago, and now more municipalities will follow suit. Photo Miriam Dalsgaard
There is just something that happens when a baby visits the care home. It creates joy that parents come by with a little optimistic miracle that the elderly may be allowed to hold and interact with.
This is what has happened in Aarhus, and why the municipality started introducing the initiative in all of their care homes a year ago. Aarhus calls the initiative ‘visiting babies’. And the system has emerged as something of a success.
Now follow the City of Copenhagen follows.
Dementia frontrunner Japan destigmatises condition, stresses community care
When Masahiko Sato was diagnosed at age 51 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, he felt his life was over. A decade later, Sato has a mission: destigmatising a condition with a growing social impact in a country that leads the global aging trend.
“Whether people with dementia can ‘come out’ depends on the values and culture of the community,” said Kumiko Nagata, research director at the Dementia Care Research and Training Centre, Tokyo, adding that attitudes were changing.
Read the whole article and watch the video at: http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-japan-dementia-widerimage-idUKKCN0XB2WS
Dr. Tisone’s scent painting activity involves mixing spices with water to make watercolor paints with the hope that the scents will bring back memories for the patients. Students are trained to elicit conversation based on reactions to those smells.
– See more at: Professor Uses Spice Painting to Slow Progress of Dementia
WHO released a guide on measuring age-friendliness of cities!
Source: Measuring the age-friendliness of cities
Coopersmith’s One-of-a-Kind Tours
Paul Coopersmith has been running Coopersmith’s One-of-a-Kind Tours in the UK, Western Europe, Japan and New Zealand since 1984. His tours are targeted towards travelers who don’t consider themselves the typical “tour types” – they consist of small groups and cover limited geographical areas in order to spend ample time in each location, focusing on gardens, stately homes and fine arts.
This year, Paul decided to use his popular tours to make a difference in Alzheimer’s research.
For each person who signs up for the Springtime in the Cotswolds tour for 2016, Coopersmith’s will donate $500 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Learn more on their website, coopersmiths.com.
See more at: http://curealz.org/heroes/paul-coopersmith#sthash.fOtSPMX4.dpuf
The Momentia movement uses strong social ties to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Source: How strong friendships can defy dementia
Have you heard about PatientsLikeMe? It is a global connection platform based out of the US. Here, people can share their experiences and information on their treatments, how well they do or don’t work, information on doctors or treatment centers and so much more. It’s also a great way to get support and to support others. We have a lot we can learn from each other!
In fact, researchers have even started to use PatientsLikeMe to find information on adverse drug reactions, dosages, side effects of conditions and of treatments, and much more about what it is like to live with a specific condition. Check out their website, read about specific conditions or treatments, or join and start sharing your experiences and learning from others going through similar situations.