While there is an existing body of research looking into the quality of life and wellbeing of people caring for someone with dementia, there are few resources voicing the thoughts, views, and opinions of people with dementia and their carers in terms of living well with a diagnosis of dementia. The research identified issues with the predominant model of assessing quality of life. By adopting the seven domains of wellbeing of Allen Power1, the research sought to understand perspectives on wellbeing as described by people with dementia. Power’s seven domains of wellbeing are:
Dementia and nutrition in the home
Our research found a high level of concern about the nutrition needs of people with dementia living at home, with 85% of service providers who responded to our survey indicating that this is a concern for them. Nutrition risk and malnutrition in people with dementia is not identified early though and many participants suggested that these issues should be addressed by health professionals before a crisis point is reached. People living alone with dementia are particularly vulnerable and require monitoring to ensure risk of malnutrition is mitigated.
"Because eating is such an ‘every day’ occurrence its importance is being overlooked, but if you are living with dementia it’s often the ‘every day’ things that matter most. Poor nutrition can lead to much worse outcomes in people with dementia who may, as a result of malnutrition, enter residential care earlier and require longer and more frequent hospital stays."
The benefits of physical activity and exercise for people living with dementia
Stretching : 35 stretches to improve flexibility and reduce pain
Stretching is an excellent thing you can do for your health. These simple, yet effective moves can help you limber up for sports, improve your balance and prevent falls, increase your flexibility, and even help relieve arthritis, back, and knee pain.
Whether you’re an armchair athlete or a sports enthusiast, this Special Health Report from the experts at Harvard Medical School will show you to create effective stretching routines that meet your needs and ability.
Inside the Stretching Special Health Report, you'll find color photos and instructions for how to do 35 stretches, including:
•10 moves to improve flexibility and ease tight muscles
•9 stretches that help ease aching backs
•8 ways to loosen up stiff, sore knees
•The best stretches to improve posture and ease neck and shoulder pain
•Tips to help you customize any routine to make it easier or more challenging
•5 stretches that target key leg and upper body muscles vital for walking, running, and reaching
Improving sleep : a guide to a good night's rest
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Trouble staying asleep?
Remember when you could fall asleep as soon as your head hit the pillow and not wake up until the alarm went off?
Do you or your spouse snore? There are hundreds of devices marketed as aids to stop snoring. But do any work? The report will sort them out and will brief you on new procedures that are restoring quiet to the bedroom. Have you ever been screened for sleep apnea? The report gives you a six-question test that will help you determine if you need to be tested for this life-threatening condition.
Walking for health : why this simple form of activity could be your best health insurance Harvard Medical school...
In this report:
*Health benefits of walking
*Walking technique and safety tips *Finding the right shoes
*5 types of walking workouts
*Warm-ups and post-walk stretches *Walking for weight loss
*How to stay motivated over the long term
This book shows how simple mindfulness techniques can help caregivers to manage the stress, anxiety, depression and burnout that too often accompanies the care of people with physical, psychological or emotional needs. The enjoyable mindfulness exercises will help caregivers to regain control and maintain a positive outlook.