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Dementia -What Every Carer Should Experience to Give Them Understanding

What do people with dementia hear, see and feel?

Every person is unique and the way dementia affects them is different.


Physical Changes

A recent training session delivered by the nursing department of the West of Scotland University, gave me a real insight as to what it was like. Absolutely terrifying, frustrating, and exhausting!


Difficulty with dexterity, clumsy, arthritic

We had to put on latex gloves and had our fingers taped together to give us an idea of what it can be like to have arthritis and changes in dexterity.


Visual changes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts

We had to put on goggles which really changed the way you could see.


Auditory noise, incessant jabbering

We had to put on earphones which had a constant jabbering noise sound resonating through them.

It was impossible to function with all the noise and difficulties. The noise was particularly distracting.

The noise was so irritating and annoying and it was totally impossible to concentrate.

All the staff who took part in the training were upset by how little they understood what living with dementia was like.


This video shows how difficult it can be to live with dementia.  

 

All carers would care differently and much more sympathetically if they had this training.

It would give them a real understanding of exactly what a person with dementia experiences.

Click here for  our Nursing Care Plans for a person with Dementia

Music

We have always been tried to be innovative in our approach to caring for the elderly.

Music for everyone can be extremely therapeutic whether it be calming, or uplifting.

YouTube has a wonderful video showing the effect listening to music on an ipod has on a person with dementia.

With the help of families and relatives we have uploaded music personal to individual residents and we have seen incredible improvements in people with dementia.

It actually can be miraculous for some people, and can really improve their quality of life in a way you would not think possible.

What effect does music have on a person with dementia?

  • It can quieten the incessant noise 
  • It can bring back memories of happy times and feelings 
  • It can take up a persons attention for a time
  • It can stop for a time anxiety and worry 
Whatever it actually does, it really helps some people.



Aromatherapy

Massage has been used for centuries to heal, relax, revitalise and comfort. 

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Aromatherapy can provide pain relief, mood enhancement, and increased cognitive function.

Aromatherapy is one of the most successful alternative therapies for some elderly people with dementia.  
 
What is remarkable is that all of the treatments resulted in significant benefit, including, in most instances, reductions in agitation, sleeplessness, wandering, and unsociable behaviour.

For many elderly people the physical touch during massage, and the one to one attention is comforting and calming.

Click here to read the full report published by Alzheimer’s Society Research on Aromatherapy for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.