Posted on 15 Jul 2014
When carers and and the people they care for are given a diagnosis of dementia one of the most important things they will need is the opportunity to talk to someone with skills and knowledge in dementia care. Hopefully they can be reassured that it is not the end of life but instead, the beginning of a different life. One of the main concerns is that the dementia patient will be able to hold on to their dignity and self esteem.
Of course there are many ways in which carers and those they care for can be helped in their way forward. Memory Cafes are held nationwide and details of your local one can be found online by typing ‘memory cafe’ into your search engine. They offer support and information and provide a relaxed social environment for carers to have time for themselves, talk to other carers and share experiences. It will also help those with dementia to use the skills they have and to come to terms with the diagnosis. Many things can be discussed, such as aromatherapy, pensions advice and many other services. Advice is available from health professionals and some Memory Cafes offer activities such as reminiscence groups, games, discussions and visiting speakers.
In July of this year, we will be speaking at one of the Memory Cafes held by Alzheimer’s Society. We will be discussing the importance of memory boxes/books and scrap-booking in maintaining conversation, which is one of the most important ways we connect to those we love. In a previous blog post we discussed how Book of You can assist with the creation of memory books for people with dementia, but there are other ways to share memories. Perhaps a shoe box containing photographs and things that the dementia patient can take out and touch or smell. There are so many different ways to reach those memories that make a person who they are. and to stimulate conversation. It just takes a little imagination.
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