January 12, 2017

Journal of Dementia Care Vol 25 No. 1 Jan / Feb 2017

Journal of Dementia Care  vol 25 No. 1  Jan / Feb 2017
Full text articles and books are available to members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au

In an environment where many hospitals are struggling to cope with the rise in demand and inadequate resources, what are the challenges and opportunities in acute care for people with dementia …includes letting staff know  who has dementia, training staff, address the under recognition of pain and delirium …p 10-11

What is dementia and how big is the problem?

Authors argue that social support and dementia prevention may be a more sensible approach to investment rather than seeking cures… looks at the limits of medicine, scale of the problem, brain  protection… p 16-17

Engaging mealtimes a chef’s perspective

…how do you awaken the appetite in someone who is losing interest in food – here are some tips … article explores smell, taste, sound, touch, sight…tips on presentation.. painting balance and colour…shapes and textures and flavours and portion size and temperature all matter. And this article gives you tips on how to do all of these things! P 18-19
*related books include:
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
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.       


“Soul journey” to feelings of renewal and fulfilment

This is a film and exhibition project that aims to shatter the common stereotypes and celebrate the creativity of people affected by dementia. Rather than relying on reminiscence and memory based activities they have weaved together songs and poems and movement and dance around particular themes generating safe stimulating conversation, connection and creative expression…p. 20- 21

see the film here https://vimeo.com/105216846

Creating community across generations

Project of bringing adults with dementia and pre-school children together in creative fun activities …involves a 5 week project – observable benefits include:

  • Feel good factor

  • Co-participation in activities

  • Sense of accomplishment

  • Sense of self, expression, self-worth …. P22-23

Imagine …a creative partnership with equal arts

What does it take to be an outstanding care home? Innovative arts initiative wins praise …equal arts program makes people with dementia use their imaginations in the belief that these activities they will be able to enjoy a sense of enjoyment in acheimvements.ie meaningful activities increase well-being …p24-25

Life story work that brought wide benefits

Both facilitated reminiscence and had much wider benefits in supporting people to live well...writing a life story – highly individualised using different methods such as voice recorder …. Included personal photographs, non-personal photographs , internet based resources, conversations with close friends , life events charts ….p26-28
*related books include:
It started with a sea-shell : life story work and people with dementia
Dementia Services Development Centre (University of Stirling)
Establishes the importance of life story work for people with dementia; argues that everyone can get involved and offers practical ideas and a charter of good practice.
Contents: 1. Life story: a view from the literature -- 2. The experience of doing life story work -- 3. Good practice in doing life story work and compiling life story books -- 4. Getting life story work to happen.

Digital technology and dementia: changing lives

Learning how to use digital technology can help people with dementia live more positive lives with memory loss. Tom French discusses key findings from a study showing how new “tech” can maintain mental activity and communication with family and friends..

Key findings – touchscreen technology and the use of stripped back simple interfaces are very successful in helping people with dementia to use technology…by including personalised icons…using multisensory approaches helped with using email and skype with people with dementia … the most popular activities included games and puzzles which the people with dementia could other-wise not do anymore in the physical form – this improved their confidence and sense of accomplishment… project found that community support was necessary as well as internet connection…article includes tips such as training staff adequately , making it personal ; engaging family members ; embedding technology in care plans…p28-31

Dementia: there are so many apps for that…

Digital technology is changing the world, but is it doing the same for people with dementia? Phil Joddrell and Arlene Astell argue that it can, so long as tablet computer “apps” are adapted so that everyone can enjoy using them. In 2012, a survey of Alzheimer’s Society members found that there was a huge unmet need for activities among people with dementia. Activities can make people happy and more alert or tackle boredom and  reduce distress. Caregivers get stressed when the individuals they care forare bored or restless, but they often feel they do not have time to organise activities. So activities that someone with dementia can do on their own can be genuinely beneficial if chosen carefully (NICE-SCIE 2007).

More and more carers, both in care homes and living at home, are buying touchscreen tablet computers such as iPads. Out of the box, these computers have little to offer beyond basic tasks such as internet surfing and emails as so much of their use relies on apps. The degree to Therefore, the AcTo Dementia project focuses on apps that are currently available, with four key aims:

• identifying features of current touchscreen apps that increase their accessibility for people living with dementia

• creating an evidence-based, publicly available app selection framework to support people to find touchscreen apps that can be considered “dementia friendly”

working with app developers to improve the accessibility of existing apps for people living with dementia

• making a website where we can share dementia-friendly apps with the public, as well as offering support guides and a community forum for use by people with dementia or people delivering formal or informal dementia care.
* we also have a reading list that we can send you of useful apps.

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