The days are getting longer and the sun is giving us some well-deserved rays, but what does this mean for those who suffer Dementia? Well this is thankfully a much easier season for dementia patients than winter, but there are still a few things to consider. As days are longer and brighter, patients may manage […]
What is Reminiscence therapy? Reminiscence Therapy (RT) involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences with another person or group of people. Usually this would be with the aid of physical prompts such as photographs, household and other familiar items from the past, including music and old sound recordings, etc. According to the research, […]
The living environment for someone with Dementia is crucial. If it is poor, then it may cause a rapid deterioration of their mental state due to stress and confusion, for example. The negative effects of stress and confusion are further explained in one of our previous blogs: How stress and confusion affects dementia patients; however […]
We are now in the depths of winter, and with this time of the year come difficulties for those with Dementia. It doesn’t have to be all bad though; here are a few tips for winter that will help you if you have a relative or care for someone with Dementia. Along with the cold […]
How do care homes best display what will be on the menu for residents for a certain meal on a certain day? Well, here at Recogneyes, we think our large Magnetic Menu Boards are the best way. Here is our A1-size menu board; an example of one of the types of magnetic menu boards we […]
With more and more people developing dementia worldwide, and with no current medical solution, one wonders if there is anything that can be done to prevent developing it. According to recent research from Cambridge University 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease (the main form of dementia) could be prevented by modifying lifestyle factors. So what […]
The effects of stress can be very damaging to anyone; however in dementia patients the effects can be profound. Reactions to stress are different in persons with Alzheimer’s than in folks with different types of dementia such as Frontal Lobe or a vascular dementia though. The latter two entities can cause a more aggressive reaction […]
As promised we have written this article in order to educate you a little on the science behind the disease that has brought you to this page, dementia. Most of us know the symptoms and visual effects of dementia, but we believe it’s important to understand why these occur. We have done our best to […]
A great way to look at an ongoing challenge!
This February, we are all about food! We will be talking about nutrition and menus, both in care homes and in general. Join us for recipes, menu ideas and all kinds of other foodie features.
Care homes across the UK will be taking part in National Storytelling Week next week as it celebrates it’s 14th year. Storytelling is usually associated with adults reading to children, but this rich part of our heritage has a lot to offer people of all ages. Oral storytelling plays an important role in almost every […]
The results of a 75 year long study have recently been published, and are showing some interesting links between a man’s childhood bond with his Mother and his likelihood to suffer from Dementia later in life.
Who doesn’t feel all warm and fuzzy whenever they see an image of a cute, white fluffy seal pup? Now these animals are proving to help comfort Dementia patients in nursing homes. Well, not real seal pups but robotic imitations!
“Oh, it’s on the tip of my tongue” We have all had that feeling from time to time, where we can’t quite remember something… a name, a favourite singer, a book title. We know that we know it, but it remains tantalizingly out of reach. As Dementia awareness grows, so too does our fear that […]
If you live in Scotland and are frustrated with the care industry policies, then now is your chance to voice your concerns. The Scottish Government is running an online survey to get feedback
This is a great quote from the writer George Bernard Shaw. It’s important to remember to learn from your mistakes and move on.
Scottish University collaborates with signage company to create a free guide to creating Dementia-friendly care environments. A new set of resources to help carers create Dementia-friendly environments is to be released free of charge later this year. The guides and fact sheets will summarise the most common challenges faced, and offer simple tips to making […]
More wise words this Friday. This time from Robert Frost.
Have you seen our Dementia labels? They are now on sale!
Social Care Hour is a new, weekly Twitter chat bringing together people from all over the care sector to discuss “everything that’s going on in and around Social Care.” It’s a great way to connect with others in the industry and get a diverse range of perspectives. Dementia care, staff training and recruitment and […]
A recent study by Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology has shown that social media can overload the area of our brain that deals with short term memory. This part of the brain needs regular “downtime” in order to efficiently process information, and the study highlighted that this is one time when the adage of “use […]
A study carried out by Swedish researchers has identified nine risk factors which are believed to be linked to Early Onset Dementia (EOD), many of which occur in adolescence. The study, carried out on around 500,000 Swedish males, identified alcohol intoxication, in the teenage years, as the most serious of the nine factors outlined. Other […]
Research carried out at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, has suggested that middle aged individuals who fail to recognise or name famous faces, may suffer from a type of early onset dementia. The study was carried out on 57 participants; 30 of whom had already been diagnosed with primary progressive […]
Over 100 care homes and hospitals have had their bids accepted for a share of a new £50m dementia fund, the aim of which is to create pioneering care environments for those living with dementia. The projects will form part of a national pilot; showcasing the best dementia-friendly environment examples and identifying the physical changes […]
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is an evidence based treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia. The idea was devised by Dr Aimee Spector and a team of researchers at University College London. The therapy involves 14 or more sessions of themed, group activities to help people to strengthen their cognitive capacity. The aims of the […]
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or pet therapy has received increased attention recently having been linked with the improvement of quality of life for dementia patients. With the first trained ‘Dementia Dogs’ in the UK, improving the lives of those with dementia, we take a look at some of the benefits that pet therapy can offer individuals […]
Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics, show that relatives of those with dementia stated on their death certificate, rated end of life care as positively as those without dementia mentioned.; with 46% rating overall care in the last three months of life as outstanding or excellent. The figures were published in the Department […]
We have all heard of dementia, with over 800,000 people in the UK living with it, it is hard not to have. But what about the term ‘Digital Dementia’, a relatively new phrase used to describe the early onset of the disease caused by a reliance on digital devices? The term ‘Digital Dementia’ was first […]
Finding ways to improve the lives of those living with Dementia is a goal that spans multiple fields and generations. In recent weeks, Glasgow Caledonia University hosted a 48-hour “jamming session” for young video game designers with the challenge to create software that could solve problems and make life easier for Dementia patients and their […]
Three projects focused on creating dementia friendly environments have reached the second stage of the application process for a share of the Department of Health’s £50 million fund to identify ways to improve living conditions for people with Dementia. The three organisations to proceed to this next round are: The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust […]