What do we find out about ourselves and those we care for, when we learn more about living with dementia?
When we are caring for someone living with dementia, we try our best to understand what the person might be going through and the changes they are experiencing. Over time, we may come to recognise the range of emotions the person feels, and we may learn to anticipate how certain situations will make them react. We do all we...
Sue Silcox revels in finding ways to empower those caring for our ageing population, including the challenges that dementia brings. Through BrainSparks and as the Director of Operations of AGE-u-cate, she helps families, communities and caregivers understand and deal with the day-to-day challenges of dementia by sharing simple, practical programs such as Dementia Live, Ageless Grace, and Compassionate Touch.
We know that children benefit from play. They learn about the world, engage with each other, as well as getting moving and active in their environments.
Play is no different for older people, who also can benefit from social connectedness, exercise, and using their minds in creative ways.
Play is also simply a great opportunity to have some fun.
“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing,” said George Bernard Shaw.
The experience of human touch becomes no less pleasurable or therapeutic as we age, and yet often the only touch that older people receive is related to tasks around their care.
But touch can be so much more. It is a way to let someone know we value them, even when they are old or unwell. It shows compassion, and it is a way to demonstrate we care.
Touch is also a way to remove some of the stigma surrounding...
Caring for someone living with dementia isn’t always easy - it can be frustrating, overwhelming and even, at times, frightening.
Though every case of dementia is different, the changes that take place in a person’s brain when they have dementia can have a range of effects, including apathy, depression, sadness, anger, agitation, confusion, or even aggression.
Dementia also changes a person’s senses, their hearing, sight, taste, smell and sense of touch.
Some of the challenges you may be experiencing caring...