Saturday, July 30, 2011

Reminiscing and dementia (part 2)

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals.

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care  professionals to get an easyceu or two

Benevolant Society

Provide an opportunity to learn about the pastA way of finding a connection with another person and sharing similar It is important to recognise that your view of someone else brings with itWe are all seen by others in different ways.
The Benevolent Society, 2005,
ABN 95 084 045
There are many ways you can view an older person e.g. as a mother,The way you think about someone else can also be influenced by yourYou may find yourself relating easily to one person but not another for aIt is important to look at the approach you take when engaging with anReminiscing Manual version 1,
Tips on approaching reminiscing
When engaging in a reminiscing activity with an older person use the following
A person centred approach used with sensitivity, flexibility, awareness andA focus on positive interaction with emphasis on brief, high qualityIt does not matter if the enjoyment is for a short time or fleeting as it is stillBe aware of attempts to communicate as what we see as ‘difficultBe person focused and let the person talk about what is important to them.
Give everyone the opportunity to interact:
their experiences and feelings were most likely to be given
opportunities for conversation.
In one study it was found older people who were able to talk about
have withdrawn completely as they may have given up altogether
on communication.
This same study emphasised the need to focus on those who may
Spending time listening to a person with dementia says to them they areThe use of humor as a means of communication can catch a person’sIt is important to recognise the many factors that influence one’s life.

It’s all in the approach: Engaging older people

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