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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia
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Father's Day is fast approaching and you would like to make it special for Dad. How do you do it? Do you buy him a nice gift? Do you take him out for a nice meal? That may have been appropriate in the past, but there are better and more meaningful ways to make it a special day for someone with dementia. Read how in our latest newsletter...

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We've added six new titles to our selection of 35 Piece Sequenced Puzzles, but they're not just any puzzles. The images have been taken from popular 500 to 1000 piece puzzles, offering the puzzle lover a great experience and providing lots of realistic detail for conversation and reminiscing.

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People with Alzheimer's disease often struggle with language and have difficulty remembering names and words, known as "aphasia". Because most speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have not had specific training to help people with dementia, there is often little that they can do to help.

A pilot program at Northwestern University is using specially trained SLPs to offer personalized therapy over the web to people with aphasia and the results are promising. "These improvements are especially exciting because in neurodegenerative diseases we would expect declines, but these dementia patients are holding onto these gains," said lead author Emily Rogalski.

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Even with all of the recent (and some not so recent) studies that have provided evidence that antipsychotics are over-prescribed to people with dementia, this recent UK study shows that the trend continues. The research led by Coventry University found no overall reduction in prescribing antipsychotics in UK care homes between 2009 and 2012. The study found that in 77% of the cases in 2012, treatment was "excessive".

George McNamara, the head of policy at the UK Alzheimer's Society said "When this is the case, prescribing antipsychotics treats the person with dementia as the problem rather than the root cause of their behaviour. Antipsychotics increase the risk of stroke, falls and even death – it’s shocking that the evidence continues to be flatly ignored.”

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Most people find it satisfying and enjoyable to find ways to express their creativity. It's no different for people with dementia, but it's much more difficult to find achievable creative activities. We have developed two new products to help...

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An ongoing trial to reduce the use of antipsychotics for dementia patients in Australia shows promising early results. Nurses, called "Nurse Champions" were trained to use person centered care techniques such as the DementiAbility training that we offer rather than drugs to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms.

Out of 140 residents involved in the trial, 90% were taken off the medication and only 25% went back on after the study. Professor Brodaty said that "...we found no difference in the level of behaviours after de-prescribing the antipsychotics".

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"Social Admissions" - is that a term for admitting something on Facebook? Unfortunately not.

"Social Admissions" is the admitting diagnosis when someone, generally an older adult, is admitted to hospital because they can no longer be supported in their community. Usually it happens because the person's daily needs aren't being met or they cannot get appropriate management of their medical conditions. It is an unfortunate situation that is getting worse.

This article written by Dr. Aravind Ganesh, a neurology resident-physician talks about the issue and what can be done about it.

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Brigitte De Lange is a researcher who studies how aging affects the brain and is the author of "Mind Your Brain – How to help your brain stay healthy into old age". She has written an interesting article on products that can help improve the quality of life of people with cognitive decline, and we are proud to say that she has chosen to include our products. There's also a lot more information about the brain and aging on her website.

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Person centered care is a hot topic these days, but what does it really mean? Some time ago, we wrote an article titled "Person Centered Approach to Dementia Care" (http://keepingbusy.com/…/person-centered-approach-to-demen…/) talking about what it means when caring for people with dementia.

This interesting article from Canada's Globe and Mail talks about what person centered care means in a more general sense.

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They're back! We now have a full stock of the popular Twiddles for people with later stage dementia.

Twiddles are an excellent way to keep the person engaged, keeping their hands active while helping to sooth them and keep them calm. Twiddles give the person something comforting to hold and manipulate. With more than 25,000 sold since 1997, they have been proven to be an effective, drug-free therapeutic alternative.

We use them with our clients and are very impressed with the results.
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