Carers' Corner

We all need a little break sometime. Kick back, relax and chat amongst yourselves in this group.

Alzheimer’s Sufferers May Function Better With Less Visual Clutter

Psychologists at the University of Toronto and the Georgia Institute of Technology — commonly known as Georgia Tech — have shown that an individual’s inability to recognize once-familiar faces and objects may have as much to do with difficulty perceiving their distinct features as it does with the capacity to recall from memory.

Full report via Dementia Today:

Speech “Gone” Due to Alzheimer’s Returns After Starting Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is in the news again...
I know some of our members have used it, would be interesting to see if you have any comments on this report?

How can The MedicAlert Foundation help?

If you or a member of your family are diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, it can be a stressful and worrying time. It can put the whole family under pressure emotionally and financially. MedicAlert help to give you and your family peace of mind adjusting to life after a diagnosis. We will store a detailed medical record about the condition, history, medication as well as emergency contact details.

Using ICT in activities for people with dementia

Hi all, though most of you are not managers of a care facility, I think this is worth sharing...

This is a short introduction to using information and communication technology (ICT) in activities for people with dementia. It is aimed at managers and staff in the care sector, and those who organise activities for people with dementia. It's a plain language guide about using mainstream technologies - you don't need to be technically minded. We hope it will be useful for you whether you are new to this topic or already have some experience of using ICTs in dementia support.

Another chance to hear Shelagh Fogarty's debate..

Does the way we diagnose and care for people with dementia need to change? Another chance to hear Shelagh Fogarty's debate from earlier in the week.

Via BBC:

Can you help develop a new Dementia Portal for the NHS NW?

Age UK Cheshire, on behalf of the North West NHS would like to know if any of our members are interested in trialling a new website which is currently under construction. Diane, your community manager, is meeting fortnightly with NHS to help develop this brand new facility for all living with dementia, and those that want to capture their own memories. If you feel you would like to help we are looking for volunteers willing to travel to the Hartford (Northwich office) on Friday 22nd February 10.30 - 12.00pm within our training suite.

Please let me know if you can help.

Thank you !

Carers Personal Budget - Cheshire Carers Centre - Cheshire East

            What is a Carers Personal Budget?
A carers personal budget is an amount of money awarded to allow you to have a break from your caring role. You could be given between £200 and £500 to spend over six months if you are successful, choosing how and where this is spent. You could use this to spend on smaller breaks such as going our for meals, or on one larger break - you decide what helps you. The carers personal budget is not means tested and is available to carers in the Cheshire East area.

Training for Carers - Cheshire East

Also, thanks again to Fifty Plus Network for supplying the following information from Crossroads Care Cheshire East:

Training for Carers
Crossroads Care Cheshire East has been awarded funding to provide carers with free training sessions on a variety of topics all useful to their caring role. The training sessions are running in February and March 2013 at Overton House, West Street, Congleton.

Carers are welcome to ‘pick and choose’ from the range of sessions, attending as many or as few as they like. The sessions will cover the following topics:

What Causes Sundowning? Frustration or Chemistry?

In "Sundowning syndrome," people with dementias such as Alzheimer’s show high levels of anxiety, agitation, general activity and delirium. It typically occurs in late afternoon and evening, before their normal time to go to bed. Learn how brain biology explains “sundowning.”

Alzheimer's/Dementia Weekly report:

The Hair and Care project ... a part of the Dementia and Ageing Research Theme at the University of Manchester. It is funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)

We are two researchers who have an interest in the everyday lives of people with dementia with a particular interest in so called ‘body work’. Integral to body work in dementia care is the support given to service users concerning their appearance, presentation and grooming.


Remembering the person - Alzheimer's Society

Taking the time to learn more about people with dementia can make a huge difference in improving their quality of life, explains the Alzheimer's Society's Louise Lakey…

When a person is diagnosed with a health condition that will affect their lives profoundly, such as a form of cancer or a heart condition, healthcare professionals know how to provide the person with the best treatment and care available and can ensure that it is tailored to suit their specific needs.

Science Omega continues:

Not local - but concept can be copied

Love this!
Published on 7 Feb 2013
A film about how you can use outdoor spaces and nature-based activities to help re-connect older people with Dementia, living in care homes, with their communities.

From Sensory Trust...

Developing objective measures of the 'self' in dementia

Institution: University of Bradford
Grant type: PhD Studentship
Duration: 3 years
Amount: £60,339
Scientific Title: The ‘Self’ Test: Developing objective measures of the ‘self’ in dementia.
What do we already know?

It has been suggested that maintaining one’s ‘self’ and identity is a fundamental human need...

Continues via Alzheimer's Society:

Activity for those with dementia

Hi all, just came across this post from Dignity in Dementia's Facebook page...
I know from a personal point of view that I have seen 'sorting' being enjoyed in one of the homes I have visited... perhaps leave a bowl full of tiddleywinks, or cards lying around and see if they're picked up.

Caring for someone with dementia

I know you're the professionals - but it's just another link to peruse, and perhaps for those members that have just registered with us.

Via NHS CHoices:

10 iPhone Apps to Help Manage Medications

Keeping track of your medications can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from a chronic illness that requires you to take several throughout the day. While patients used to rely largely upon compartmentalized pill organizers and their own fallible memories to ensure that each of their medications was administered properly and on time, the leaps and bounds in cell phone technology and the developers who keep the iPhone’s App Store stocked have simplified and streamlined this process dramatically.

NannyJobs Net provide a list:

Some local support group dates for your diary - via Vale Royal Alzheimer's Society (Cheshire West and Chester)

There may be some close to a relative or other carer...

4th February -
Walking Group for carers and people with dementia
1.00pm to 3.00pm Mondays
Please contact the office for details of locations which change every
month (01606 781 110)

11th February -
Woodpecker Support Group for carers and people with dementia
1.00pm to 2.30pm Mondays
Carers and people with dementia are welcome to meet for lunch from 12 noon

12th February -
Frodsham Support Group for carers and people with dementia, held at Main Street Community Church
10.30am to 12 noon Tuesdays

18th February -

Dealing with guilt

People who care for someone with dementia often talk about feeling guilty, even if others are reassuring them that they are doing the best they can. This factsheet looks at some of the issues that can cause these feelings. It explains why it is important to deal with them, and suggests some ways to go about doing this.

Fact Sheet via Alzheimer's Society

Helping a person with dementia eat healthily...

Dementia can greatly affect a person's relationship to food and eating. The behavioural, emotional and physical changes that take place as dementia progresses can all have an impact upon a person's eating habits and on their intake of food and drink.

See Alzheimer's Society and Psych Central links below:

Sleep brain waves linked to memory decline in older people

US researchers have linked a lack of ‘slow-wave sleep’ – a stage of deep sleep – to declining memory in older people. The study is published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.