July 09, 2009

Journal of Dementia Care - May/June 2009 Vol 17, No 3

May/June 2009 Vol 17, No 3

  • Creative activities
    Magic across the generations

    Two innovative Magic Me projects that bring young and older people together in care homes
    Magic me projects -
    Are fun, creative and educational with a positive lasting impact on participants
    Raise awareness about the needs of older people and help combat isolation
    Brings people from diverse sections of the community together
    Addresses prejudices about ageing, young people and cultural differences
    Involve participants in planning and developing activities p. 22

  • Diagnosis and support
    Out of the shadows: attending to its message

    Article spells out important messages from people with dementia and their carers on coping with dementia and diagnosis, drawn from research conducted last year by the Mental Health Foundation for the Alzheimer’s Society …”a key role practitioners culd usefully perform would be to learn about the coping mechanisms and strategies described in this and other research, and share them with people with dementia and their cares… ‘ p. 26

  • Design
    ‘They’ve thought of everything’

    Reports on a visit to The Lodge: a new care home in Lancashire with a reputation for attention to detail in its design… p. 28

  • Design
    Auditing design for dementia

    This article explains how and why Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre have developed a new audit tool for evaluating design in dementia care environments
    p. 31

  • Care practice
    Measuring well-being when it matters most

    Article explains how profiling one resident’s well-being prompted staff to try a fresh approach to her care in the final days of her life…p. 32

  • Research
    Ambitious study of complex interventions

    The findings of the Centre for Aged Dementia Care Resident Study (CADRES) and reflects on the research, its background and implications… main results were;
    Levels of agitation increased in ‘usual care’ homes
    Levels of agitation had decreased in person centred care homes
    Levels of agitation did decrease significantly in DCM homes over time but levels of agitation were significantly lower at follow up than the usual care homes
    The proportion of residents experiencing falls decreased significantly in the DCM homes at follow up…p.37

  • Medicines and people with dementia
    5. Antipsychotics: what are the facts?
    Article attempts to clarify some best practice principles - looks at when to use, how they act, side effects, using antipsychotics wisely… p.10

  • Memory clinic networks: helping professionals thrive
    We explain what has been involved in getting the West Midlands memory clinic network up and running…p 11

  • Just Checking: lessons three years on
    Looks at lessons from the first years of using the Just Checking monitoring system:
    People living with early to moderate dementia are generally managing better than expected in their own homes
    Observations of how a person is using the space in their own home throughout a 24 hour period is surprisingly powerful information
    Older people are often more active than expected when they are alone in their own home
    Wandering or leaving home unsafely is over reported
    Sharing the activity data with family cares helps collaboration, reassures families and brings confidence in the care package……p.12

  • Accept people as they are
    Looks at concerns about the emphasis on positive emotions in dementia care…p.15

  • Valuing the contribution of people with dementia
    Looks at how we can ensure that the contribution of people with dementia is valued in a way that promotes, rather than discourages, their participation…p.16

  • Hearing the voice of those who work in dementia care
    Person-centred principles must be applied to staff working in dementia care, article describes Dementia Care Matters’ Nurturing approach…p. 18

  • Environments that help, not hinder
    We describe a project that has worked hard to improve a continuing care ward by displaying a range of art works…p. 21

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