Christmas can be a very difficult time for someone living with dementia. A sudden influx of friends and family all wanting to celebrate Christmas can cause your loved one living with dementia to feel stressed, agitated and confused. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you celebrate a magical Christmas with your loved one: […]
Hallucinations can sometimes occur in the later stages of dementia due to the changes that occur in the brain as the condition develops. Hallucinations are false perceptions of people, object or events involving the senses, so a person living with dementia may hear, taste, smell or see something that is not there. However, visual hallucinations are the most common in dementia. These visual hallucinations can range from seeing flashing lights to seeing people or animals. It is important to note that sometimes what can at first be interpreted as a hallucination, is actually a different symptom of dementia, referred to as visualperceptual difficulties. Visualperceptual difficulties are when a person living with dementia misinterprets what they are seeing, for example, they may mistake a coat hanging on a hook for a person.
Last week we really enjoyed exhibiting at the Care & Dementia Show. This show brings together healthcare professionals who are responsible for the care and wellbeing of older people. The event is to help carers learn, network and source the latest products and activities to help deliver the best care.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Aquapaint sets. Our 5 new designs are; The Tool Shed, At the Seaside, In the Garden, At Home and Transport. Each set includes five different images that have been carefully designed to evoke memories for a person living with dementia, sparking conversation once the painting is complete.
Bonfire Night is a magical evening for the whole family but for people living with dementia it can also be a distressing time. Fireworks are loud and can cause a person living with dementia to feel frightened, agitated and unsettled. It is therefore important to ensure that you create a calming and safe environment for your loved one to enjoy the evening, whether outside at a firework party or inside.
Following the success of our Scentscape we have created an innovative new product called Sensory Scenes – a multi-sensory activity for people in the later point of their dementia journey.
As a person’s dementia progresses, it is likely to have an impact on their ability to carry out certain activities. However, many people with dementia still enjoy their previous hobbies.
Keeping busy and social is key to helping someone with dementia feel happy and motivated. There are many ways to encourage social interaction with someone living with dementia, such as gardening, painting and a favourite of many, baking.
Unfortunately, stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia does still exist. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as: lack of public awareness, little understanding about both Alzheimer’s and dementia, people not experiencing dementia close to them e.g. a friend or family member developing dementia. Stigma is a significant obstacle to the well-being and quality of life for those living with dementia and their families, however there are many ways to overcome this. Here are some of our top tips.