Posts Tagged ‘Dementia’

The Theraputic Power of Music

Music releases Autistic children from their chains. See Telegraph Article.

 

At the On-line Dementia Conference one of the speakers is talking about astounding results with music and Dementia.

 

Whats the connection? Leave your ideas below

New Perspectives for Dementia Carers

We maybe years or decades away from having a real understanding about why Dementia, in all its forms, happens and how to best help those who painstakingly care for their loved ones.  Meanwhile it is the number 1 health challenge of our time and there are thousands of people, who through their own experience may be able to  contribute tiny parts of the overall jig-saw puzzle.

During #Dementia Awareness week, The International Association for Health and Learning is bringing together a number of specialist speakers who can contribute to some New Perspectives on Dementia for those people who are carers or concerned about their own ageing.  In addition there will be an open forum where delegates will be able to contribute their own first hand knowledge to assist others.  It is our belief that carers are the true experts in this field and have much to offer each other.

Whether you are a professional carer, a friend or family member caring for a loved one, there will be much for everyone.  All you need is a computer connection and you can listen to the teleseminars in your own time, live or from a recording.

On-line Telesummit: New Perspectives on #Dementia: 19th-24th May

Each session will be 1 hour and be recorded, so if you are not available to listen at the time you can listen later. Each session will include a discussion for 45 minutes, followed by 15 min question and answer.  You can access the teleseminar through your computer or the telephone.  Those using a computer will be able to contribute to the question and answer session in each teleseminar.

New Perspectives on Dementia is an on-line sharing telesummit and hence priced for everyone.  For any queries please mail olive@tiahl.org.

The sessions will cover very practical topics, such as:

  • Maintaining the carers’ health
  • Navigating the complex world of care and support
  • Insights for carers: Living in different time zones
  • The Importance of Community
  • Choosing the right care home
  • How positive emotions can effect the person with Dementia
  • The importance of self-care
  • Could it be possible to prevent Dementia?

Click here to see the detailed list of speakers and book your place. http://www.tiahl.org/dementiaconference/

Dementia and anxiety medication

This week several paper covered the story of a link between anxiety medication and Dementia.  According to a Harvard study people could be 50% more at risk of developing Dementia. Here are a couple of the articles;  NHS choicesthe Telegraph and the Daily Mail. You can’t trust everything you read but it set me thinking.

I have been exploring Dementia for some time, with a curiosity to see how we can help carers improve their quality of life and that of the patients with better insights as to what is happening behaviourally and how the carers can better look after their own health.  One of the messages that comes across is that many people with Dementia are suffering extreme anxiety.  I wonder if Dementia has more to do with this anxiety than any medication they are taking – I haven’t seen anything published about the levels of anxiety in the sample, although you can assume it is high or they would not be taking the medication. The list of cofounders includes depression but not anxiety or insomnia.

If you want to follow this journey in my e-book, “How to reduce the impact of Dementia – insights for carers” do take a look at www.dementia.simpleskills.co.uk

Healthy ageing

Diana Kingham and Olive Hickmott are doing a joint presentation on Wednesday 1st February in Harpenden. Diana is talking about reversing the ageing process and Olive is providing tips for carers and those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s that will have a positive effect on everyone’s quality of life.