Loneliness is a feeling we hear about from many carers supporting a person with dementia. Close friends you’ve had for years that have been there through ups and downs don’t know what to say, don’t know how to engage with the person who has dementia so they tend to keep their distance.
“We are thankful to be in a villa in a Retirement Village during this lockdown period”.
John Campbell described Raewyn’s story as a beautiful and lovely piece of writing worthy of sharing with the Breakfast audience, so we wanted to share it with you too. We are proud to have Raewyn as a part of our dementia carer community, what a true heroine.
Today is a historic day with the release of the Dementia Action Plan for New Zealand.
Each week as part of our daily In Touch emails to carers we compile a list of different virtual activities. This week features a visit to Mexico, baby hippos and online jigsaws.
Using the concepts described in our Part 1 & 2 articles on Tailoring Individual Activities for People with Dementia, let’s take a simple example of an activity most people are very familiar with – Scrabble or its modern day version, Bananagrams.
Each week as part of our daily In Touch emails to carers we compile a list of different virtual activities.
There are a huge number of resources available, so each week we showcase a few different links and activities. Staying connected and enjoying new experiences will definitely help to pass the time in an enjoyable way.
Part 2 of our series of tailoring activities talks about the challenge for carers and families in finding ways to support a person living with dementia to ‘do’ things.
The following article from The Economist discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting those living with dementia, their carers and the long term effects the pandemic may have.
A large challenge for carers is to encourage and enable meaningful, useful and feasible activities without overwhelming the person with dementia or making them feel like a failure. This means finding ways to modify or adapt things the person used to value or enjoy and make it possible for them to keep doing it.