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Donna's Blog - Dementia Thoughts and Ideas

Thoughts, concepts and ideas about dementia care...


  • Exciting New Creative Products...

    Exciting new products that bring out the creativity in anyone. WaterDoodle for the artists and ColorConnect for the builders...

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  • Montessori Carts in Dementia Care

    In my visits to long term care homes, I usually have the pleasure of receiving a tour of the facility. Invariably, as we tour around, the conversation turns to “Montessori Carts” and my thoughts on how to best put one together or improve the one they already have...

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  • Speaking "Around" People with Dementia

    Have you ever been in a store or public place and people around you are speaking in a language you don't understand? Maybe they're even glancing your way and gesturing. Do you wonder if they might be talking about you? Imagine what that would be like for someone with dementia...

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  • Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold...

    Are you too warm? Too cold? Do you feel better when the temperature is just right?

    For most people, when the temperature is too warm or too cold, their mood is affected. An ongoing study shows that for people with dementia, the effect can be significant...

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  • Giving Back Program

    We recently learned that some people are buying our activities to donate to facilities in need. In one case, the facility had provided care for a family member who recently passed away and the family wanted to show their appreciation for the wonderful care he received...

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  • Lessons from an Adult Coloring Group for Dementia

    We recently came across an article describing a group coloring activity for people with dementia. We agree that adult coloring can be a great activity when presented properly (and have written about it in a separate article), but the article raises some other important, more general points that we can all learn from...

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  • Feasibility of Using Computers with Dementia Patients

    We recently came across a study done by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that took a closer look at using computers for dementia residents in long term care facilities. They selected 14 residents over 65 years of age and with a diagnosis of dementia from three facilities...

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  • CTRA/TRO Conference 2016

    Donna has been selected to be a speaker at this year's combined Canadian (CTRA) and Ontario (TRO) Therapeutic Recreation associations' conference being held in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON June 1 to 3...

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  • See me the way I see myself

    This cartoon is making the rounds, and the caption "How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything." is a wonderful sentiment for most of us. For people with dementia however, there's much more to it...

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  • Nova Scotia Nurses Union Report on Long Term Care

    The Nova Scotia Nurses Union recently released a report on what they are calling "a crisis" in long-term care. The report says that Canada's health care system is lacking in resources to provide adequate care for people who can no longer live at home and require long-term care...

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