Dementia

Dementia. What now?

Dementia. What now?

Getting a diagnosis of dementia is never easy. Both for the person getting the diagnosis, and their support network. Sometimes it can take a long time to get a diagnosis of dementia, and it can also be missed diagnosed at first. Don’t underestimate the difference...

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Dementia and the seasons

Dementia and the seasons

Does the weather and seasons have an impact on a person living with dementia? The best way to think about this question is: “does the weather have an impact on those who don’t have dementia?". The answer is yes. On long summer days we tend to go to sleep later because...

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3 tips for stepping into someone’s reality

3 tips for stepping into someone’s reality

In traditional dementia care, there is this school of thought that says you should never lie to someone living with dementia. People use strategies such as re-orientation, re-direction, diversion, distraction, and/or validation. Another tool to consider is stepping...

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9 tips to support your loved one at home

9 tips to support your loved one at home

This is a challenging time for the communities in which we all live and work. We know that routine is important for those living with dementia. With Sydney's stay at home orders, care partners are forced to replace some daily activities with activities at home. We...

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A dance with dementia

A dance with dementia

Every person living with dementia will do it differently. It’s like a dance, some days the moves are smooth and in time to the music intertwining with life seamlessly. And then there are days when you dance with dementia and it’s clumsy and out of sync with the people...

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Optimizing helpful stimulation

Optimizing helpful stimulation

At Group Homes Australia, we believe that the environment is a contributing therapeutic factor for someone living with dementia. If the environment is too big, it can be overstimulating and disabling, causing the person living with dementia to feel vulnerable. Whereas...

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