November 07, 2016

Journal of Dementia Care UK - Vol 24 No 6 November December 2016

Full text articles and books are available to members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing

The Dementia Strategy: time to change course p. 14

Government strategy on dementia has focused on medical care and research rather than psychological and social approaches, but the arrival of Theresa May in No 10 is a chance to reverse these priorities, argue Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe in the first of a series of policy articles…the ever popular opening debate focuses on the following topic:

Should we welcome a future of robots, avatars and digital technology in dementia care? Here, some of the participants give their views….

Uniforms : the 1st and final frontier in dementia care p16

Looks at: trust vs power ; Celebrating individuality … “people see come to work as less like “work and more like liberation , like being in a second family”

Developing dementia friendly churches p. 18

Includes tips for dementia friendly churches

·         Welcomers

·         Dementia awareness raising and training

·         Dementia friends Sunday service

·         Dementia friendly building

·         Pastoral support

·         Resources such as memory boxes and activity quilts and sensory aprons

And read conclusion…

  Teepa Snow DVD - a must see for any community
Spirituality in Dementia Care

with Teepa Snow and Rev. Linn Possell
  1. Have you struggled to meet the spiritual needs of a family member living with dementia?
  2. Do you run a faith-based organization and would like to know how to best help a person living with dementia and their families stay connected to their community of faith?
  3. Learn with dementia expert Teepa Snow and Reverend Linn Possell about basic spiritual needs throughout life, what may or may not change when someone is living with dementia and how to best meet those needs.
Watch this program and learn
◾How to meet the spiritual needs that remain when a person is in the midst of brain change
◾How to connect with the spirit of someone living with dementia to create a “soul to soul” relationship
◾How to help family members better manage feelings of guilt, sadness and grief
◾How to offer the highest quality of life by focusing on what the person living with dementia is still able to


A deeper perspective on Alzheimer's and other dementias : practical tools with spiritual insights

How can we look deeper into situations that, at first glance, look hopeless and destructive in order to find opportunities for insight, inspiration, and great understanding of ourselves and those we love? How can we allow the full measure of the experience to unfold and be felt with as much of ourselves as we can bring to bear? This book will help people caring for those going through the difficult dementia journey find a way, through the tumultuous waves, to remain awake and open to the blessing of a journey that opens the heart, nurtures compassion, and ultimately enables each of us to be better human beings.

Between remembering and forgetting: The spiritual dimensions of dementia edited by James Woodward
We are increasingly aware of the economic and emotional cost of dementia, but its spiritual dimension is often overlooked.
Between Remembering and Forgetting brings together contributions from distinguished and experienced practitioners in the front line of dementia research and care to reflect on this, and to explore the implications for Churches and other faith groups, as well as for individual carers.  an exchange of ideas and information those who believe that older people should not be considered passive recipients of care, but as valued and cherished members of society who can inform and enrich the lives of others. In particular the Centre is developing an understanding of spirituality as lived by older people, and aims to support them to express their spiritual awareness.


Younger people an innovative partnership p 20

Topics include

·         Cost effective and age appropriate interventions, prevention, improved wellbeing and integration for younger people with dementia and their carers

·         the benefits of joint working to the national health system eg training doctors and medical occupational therapy and nursing students

·         Integrating care and meaningful activity

·         Evaluation of this sort of program

·         And summary and conclusions relating to carer stress levels and BPSSD …

Impact of improved environment in a care home p. 23

Describes the findings of an evaluation of improvements in a care home for people with dementia – looking in detail at the views of care staff….chief environmental changes were made in the reception area – a café style, handrails, groups of seats, less trip hazards, improved signage, brighter lights – the day area – less institutional types of fixtures and furniture – dining rooms, more domestic less institutional , bathrooms – more domestic  more contrasting colour and toilet doors are yellow throughout the building – bedrooms – identifying pictures and memory boxes near the doors – garden – dementia friendly …

3 themes that emerged are

·         Beneficial impacts on residents and mixed improvements in staff

·         Differing views on homeliness and

·         Environmental design alone is NOT enough


Communities can’t be left to look after their own p. 29

 Looks at how minority ethnic communities need improved support through partnerships …

Examines raising awareness – short information slots on community radio  - presentations at local schools  and churches ….conclusions


Dementia and delirium – cause for concern p. 28

Delirium prevention should be key to a person centred approach working with people with dementia …looks at what delirium is –

 the PINCH ME model

·         Pain

·         Infection/Intoxication

·         Nutrition (lack of adequate)

·         Constipation

·         Hydration/Hypoxia

·         Medication- Antihistamines, Steroids, Antispasmodics, Opiates, L-Dopa, Anticonvulsants, Sedatives, Recreational.

·         Environmental


-types of delirium – impacts of delirium and differentiating dementia from the delirium – management and prevention of delirium and tips…and conclusion and useful resources…

Shame : a risky emotion in dementia care p 32.

Shame is a significant but under acknowledged emotion in care work – it is a sign of stigma – looks at what it is and how it may contribute to poor  care in paid workers… looks at how we may develop compassion based interventions to support front line carers – and how we might encourage emotionally intelligent, respectful and caring settings for dementia care – why is care work shameful???...points for reflection

Book review p 37.

It’s all about the food

As a manager as a specialist facility it “Shows awareness and consideration of the many challenges food can have for people living with dementia. It’s the only cook book worth curling up on the sofa to read – due to it’s flow,  and the way it explained the reasons why people with dementia struggle with food  to the importance of positive mealtime experiences through to swallowing difficulties… finger food is eye catching and highly nutritious … includes snacks nad tips  - great photography…
It's always about the food!

 It's all about the food not the fork!
Everyone enjoys the fun and convenience of snacks and other easy to eat food.
But for some people these meals in a mouthful are a life-changer—especially if they can be eaten with your hands and are good for you as well. That’s where new cookbook It’s all about the food not the fork! 107 easy to eat meals in a mouthful comes in—no cutlery required!

Don't give me eggs that bounce : 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer's

Don’t give me eggs that bounce is not your average cookbook.
It's all about how to make mealtimes a pleasurable, social and safe experience in the context of dementia, ageing, swallowing difficulties and texture-modified diets.
Carers are especially supported with time saving techniques, easy options and a special chapter on caring for the carer, along with lists of support organisations and resources.       

 Full text articles and books are available to members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing

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