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Recognising signs of dementia

... Recognising signs of dementia Dementia, memory, alzheimer's Dementia is much in the news now. But can we differentiate between failing memory that besets the elderly and the busy, and true dementia? Looking at the lists of early symptoms of dementia that are being publicised ...

Why we shouldn't de-clutter our family history

... love letters I'd had from my teenage boyfriends. Before I destroyed them I read them one last time and they brought back so many memories and powerful emotions. The joys of juvenile love and the agony of having been dumped all came flooding back. Now I have ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease?

... How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease? dementia, alzheimer's, mental health, memory Dementia is a frightening prospect. How can we tell if our parents have it? Could we get it? Are there any treatments? We've been talking to ...

Does my aunt need to be in a care home or not?

... Does my aunt need to be in a care home or not? CARE HOME, MEMORY, COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, SOCIAL CARE Dear Lesley My elderly aunt is currently living in a care home. She moved there following several near accidents with hot saucepans and irons and ...

Treatment and care to slow the progress of dementia

... recent news that drinking three glasses of champagne a day can help to prevent dementia is one such story. Drinking champagne supposedly improved spatial memory and the elements within champagne are thought to protect brain cells. It's important to note the study was carried out on rats, ...

Top tips on making life easier for someone with dementia

... Top tips on making life easier for someone with dementia dementia, alzheimer's, memory, independence We can't fix dementia. But in small ways we can make the world feel safer and less confusing. To help them We can suggest to their carers that they keep ...

Why we should all have dementia training

... Why we should all have dementia training dementia, alzheimer's, communication, memory, eldercare Rebecca, our social media whizz kid, recently went on a "Dementia Awareness in the Community" training programme run by local charity Alzheimer's Dementia Support. She shares the practical ...

Christmas gift ideas for grandparents and older parents 2016

... Looking back with fondness is a popular pastime at the moment. But it has great value too for older people who are struggling with memory issues. There are memory boxes and similar ideas designed for those living with dementia- but just bringing back great memories is good ...

Designing activities for people with dementia and their families

... enough to be used by elderly hands unaided. The choice of image is important too. A good jigsaw is age appropriate and stimulates memories and conversation once the puzzle is complete. These award-winning puzzles encourage bonding as the family interact with each other during and on completion ...

The health benefits of plants for your parent

... Granny Dodo) created beautiful arrangements from. Spending time with her in their garden and watching her work are some of my most cherished memories of growing up with my grandmother. After my grandad passed away in 2007 it was a very hard and distressing time for my ...