Recreation & Therapies

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Reminiscence therapy is a treatment that uses all the senses sight, touch, taste, smell and sound to help individuals with dementia remember events, people and places from their past lives.

 

As part of the therapy, care partners may use objects in various activities to help individuals with recall of memories

So someone you know and love has been diagnosed with Dementia so what is the first thing you need to do.  Below are just a few pointers of what I do:

Get to know your relative, resident / service user better.  Do you know what they did when they were younger.  They will remember far distant memories, rather than recent events.  This is a good time to sit and chat over a cuppa.

 

Be Organised.  Planning ahead,  always have many things at the ready because the person will without a doubt either not be happy, not interested, or just in one of them moods.  Checking their mood before hand if possible.

Diary and Activities.  Always keep note of what you have done on each day.  It is a very good idea when you start to monitor the person,  note down mood swings,  if their toilet habits change,  food intake fluids.  Because this will give you an indicator of their health as well as mental health.  

Don't Rush.  We have all been in the position at some point where we lose our patience.  You may feel that your life is overcrowded and your have lot on your mind. The person with Dementia does not understand that.  They just know you may be rushing, which make them panic.  Panic means mistakes and less concentration.

  

Environment.  The environment has to be uncluttered and clean,  No trips and hazards.  Easy access.  If they are mobile they will not see things that they would normally see, especially if they have a UTI.

Budget Set aside cash to spend on events.  Even if it is at home,  We can easily get carried away and just buy everything.

Deligation If you're working with someone on a team or a family member or friend,  always deligate before hand as this can cause problems and confusion with the person.

Singing & Music therapy

Listening to or singing songs can provide many benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of Dementia. Key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

music can:

  • Relieve stress & agitation

  • Reduce anxiety and depression

It provides a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.

If you'd like to use music to help a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, consider these tips:

  • What kind of music does your loved one enjoy? What music evokes memories of happy times in his or her life? Involve family and friends by asking them to suggest songs or make playlists.

  • To calm your loved one during mealtime or a morning hygiene routine, play music or sing a song that's soothing. When you'd like to boost your loved one's mood, use more upbeat or faster paced music.

  • Avoid over stimulation. When playing music, eliminate competing noises. Turn off the TV. Shut the door. Set the volume based on your loved one's hearing ability. Opt for music that isn't interrupted by commercials, which can cause confusion.

  • Encourage movement. Help your loved one to clap along or tap his or her feet to the beat. If possible, consider dancing with your loved one.

  • Sing along. Singing along to music together with your loved one can boost the mood and enhance your relationship. Some early studies also suggest musical memory functions differently than other types of memory, and singing can help stimulate unique memories.

  • Pay attention to your loved one's response. If your loved one seems to enjoy particular songs, play them often. If your loved one reacts negatively to a particular song or type of music, choose something else.

Keep in mind that music might not affect your loved one's cognitive status or quality of life. Further research to better understand the precise effects of music and Alzheimer's disease is needed.

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