Book review: Travelers to Unimaginable Lands, by Dasha Kiper

Strolling through Paraparaumu library I came across this book in the dementia section. Curious about the content I borrowed it. I more or less expected to read another helpful book on care givers’ experience while caring for their loved ones with dementia. After reading the first chapter I came to realise that the contend happened to be something much more profound. […]

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Volunteering as a natural remedy to postpone dementia

As people age, the risk of dementia increases substantially1. If we could delay the onset of dementia there would be enormous benefits for the psychological well-being of people and their loved ones, and also for the strained healthcare and social sectors. Research has demonstrated that social, physical and cognitive activity in later life is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. […]

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People living with dementia need their own government support budget

In New Zealand, the focus of dementia care is on the carer. Carers do need support, and respite care provides crucial relief. Caring for someone who has dementia is one of the most difficult and tiring tasks in one’s life (hence the phrase “carers fatigue”). But what happens when there is no carer and the person with dementia is living alone?” […]

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Early signs of dementia manifest differently in everyone: you can pay attention to these 10 things

It happens to all of us; we can’t remember somebody’s name or we forget where we left our car keys. Those who think they are becoming increasingly forgetful sometimes fear the worst… am I becoming demented? Biomedical scientist Liesbeth Aerts explains when forgetfulness is innocent and when it becomes worrying: “The first symptoms are often very subtle and different for everyone.” […]

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What do people with dementia need?

When it comes to supporting people living with dementia in New Zealand today, day care centres play an important role. Their aim is usually twofold: to provide an engaging environment for visitors and to offer respite for their partners and/or full time care givers. This article focuses on the first aim: providing a stimulating environment. What do people with dementia need? […]

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Sleep well without medication

Lying awake for hours, tossing and turning, worrying, having satisfactory, pleasant and sufficient sleep is sometimes a problem for all of us, let alone someone with dementia, who recognizes their environment less and less, who exchanges day and night rhythm and has little to do during the day. But what exactly are sleeping problems, and how do you achieve good care? […]

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Dementia passport

“This is how I want to live if I were to develop dementia!” When I was young one of my favourite TV programmes was “Swiebertje”. When I have a dull moment nowadays I go and find an episode of “Swiebertje” on YouTube. Watching it brings me right back to the excitement I had watching it when I was 8 years old. […]

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Beyond the system: dementia as a mirror for integrated care

Marcel Canoy advocates socially oriented dementia care and breaking down the barriers to achieve this. According to Canoy, dementia is a gradual process for humans and a growing problem for society, or what he calls ‘an economic sword of Damocles’. Each phase in the dementia process – from ‘not right’ to ‘fog’ – requires something different from the environment and care. […]

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‘Fun2Go’ Duo-Bike

Since last year we have been fundraising to buy a Duo Bike as an addition to Home4All. This type of tandem bike enables two people to sit side by side while cycling and experiencing the different weather elements, whether it is sunshine, rain or wind. One person steers and both can pedal, supported by electric pedal support. The Duo Bike (pictured) […]

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More emotional and practical support needed for people with early-stage dementia

Early emotional support for people living with early-stage dementia and their whanau is critical – according to a recent review of evidence-based support services. The report, which was undertaken by Canterbury Psychiatrist Dr Matthew Croucher and others, highlights the need for more education and activities for people living with dementia and their whanau – to positively influence their quality of life. […]

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The chipper surprise!

Last September our garden chipper/shredder broke down while Erik, one of our Dutch friends, was visiting us. On arrival back in the Netherlands, without our knowledge, he organised a ‘give a little’ fund-raiser among friends and family. He raised NZ$1250 for a new garden chipper! When I was recently back in the Netherlands he gave me the cheque. THANK YOU ERIK! […]

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