Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

Art & Dementia: Living in the moment

“All of our art experiences are the same as they would be for anyone else. We just make some slight changes to make it more comfortable for someone living with dementia and a family member or friend.” This month I ..

Apr 22, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: The impact of memory loss in dementia

In last week’s blog I discussed how memory works and why it becomes affected in dementia. Today, I will look at how memory loss can affect day-to-day life and what can be done to help. How does memory loss affect ..

Apr 8, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Forget-me-not: Understanding memory loss in dementia

Forget-me-not: Understanding memory loss in dementia

Most people only associate dementia with memory loss, because memory loss is often one of the first signs of dementia, especially in Alzheimer’s disease. However, dementia is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of symptoms, including changes in ..

Apr 1, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

Carer interviews: ‘Their home first. Our work second.’

“All of the bad press for the carers – don’t tar us all with the same brush. All the bad is out in the news because other staff members have spoken out against it.”- Catherine In my previous blog, I ..

Mar 4, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

Carer interviews: ‘There’s nothing more rewarding’

I had the privilege of speaking to four remarkable women that have spent a lot of their time caring for people with dementia. Their professional and personal experiences have given them unique insights into what it means to look after ..

Feb 25, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Dementia: why you should care

Dementia: why you should care

Dementia is something that affects us all and understanding dementia is key to help prevent it. Dementia – the numbers Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. By 2050 the number of people with dementia is expected to ..

Feb 11, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
How massage can benefit people affected by dementia

How massage can benefit people affected by dementia

There are many different non-medical therapies that can help both people with dementia and their carers. Katharine’s story We recently spoke to Katharine, who is a complementary therapist from Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire. Katherine started her journey in this field 4 ..

Feb 4, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Addressing inappropriate sexual behaviours in dementia

Addressing inappropriate sexual behaviours in dementia

At times dementia can lead to challenging behaviours, including inappropriate sexual behaviour. Changes in behaviour can be amongst the most difficult aspects of dementia care that families have to deal with. In the previous blog I discussed what can cause ..

Jan 21, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
Dementia, sexuality and intimacy

Dementia, sexuality and intimacy

It is difficult to talk about personal and sensitive topics like someone’s sexual and intimate behaviour. In our society we do not like to openly discuss sexual acts, even less so when a close relative is affected. However, this can ..

Jan 14, 2019 Giulia Melchiorre
The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 2)

The emotional rollercoaster of living with dementia (Part 2)

Last week I tried to tackle the difficult topic of emotional changes that people with dementia often experience. In this blog I will discuss the impact that changes in emotional experiences can have on daily life and share a few ..

Nov 26, 2018 Giulia Melchiorre