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Helping someone with Dementia

Dementia is a distressing condition which can cause a lot of heart ache. Not only do you see your loved one's personality disappear before your eyes you can witness their agitation and distress.
Like you or I the dementia sufferer requires mental stimulation and a sense of purpose.
There are small and simple activities which may prompt some recognition of self and the world around them.
Various methods include memory boxes, twiddle muff, fiddle boxes, interactive life stations, chains padlocks and keys. You might think I am talking a different language and with the later I am not making any reference to bdsm.
I hope after further explanation it will all become clear.

Twiddle muff.

These are brightly knitted hand muffs with various bits and bobs sewn on for restless hands to fidget with and keep warm. Buttons, felt flowers, ribbons and strings are all attached. A novel idea but it appears to work , and who says a useful gift needs to be expensive.  ?A useful activity where the elderly and grandchildren can create a muff together. Whilst a nurse in male urology there was a theatre sister who knitted willie warmies to maintain the mens dignity. I think perhaps a willie twiddle muff might not be appropriate but it might be a viable enterprise for someone. I do not belittle the seriousness of dementia but I  would like to think that laughter can alleviate stress and pain. A smile can help someone feel welcome and safe.

The interactive station

I love the idea of prompting memory in a very visual and interactive way. An old fashioned sweet shop, baby clothes on the washing line and an old fashioned kitchen.
Some nursing homes recreate streets with old fashioned frontage to shops and rooms.
To have a glimmer of memory related to who they were and how they lived is a very precious moment in time.https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.pinterest.co.uk/amp/rthp52/destination-stations-dementia/

Chains,  padlocks and keys.

These are often attached to boards.

The board can be used for:
  • Helping to build hand and finger muscle strength
  • Refining manual dexterity skills
  • Helping to trigger memories about house-hold tasks, home security, DIY, trade skills or domestic routines 
  • Encouraging conversation and engagement, particularly with the men.
  • https://pin.it/u3lssewxcmmdmn
Memory boxes.
 
https://pin.it/bmsmqw3vaqesrb
 
This website gives useful tips on devising a memory box.
 
Themed boxes can be purchased. For example , by the sea side.
http://hcsuk.co.uk/at-the-seaside
All of these activities can involve the whole family and stimulate the mind of the person with dementia. 
 
I come back to what I said at the beginning of this blog, dementia is a cruel condition  but let's continue to keep the dementia sufferer engaged and keep making family memories with some fun and laughter.  Dementia is a distressing condition which can cause a lot of heart ache. Not only do you see your loved one's personality disappear before your eyes you can witness their agitation and distress.
Like you or I the dementia sufferer requires mental stimulation and a sense of purpose.
There are small and simple activities which may prompt some recognition of self and the world around them.
Various methods include memory boxes, twiddle muff, fiddle boxes, interactive life stations, chains padlocks and keys. You might think I am talking a different language and with the later I am not making any reference to bdsm.
I hope after further explanation it will all become clear.

Twiddle muff.

These are brightly knitted hand muffs with various bits and bobs sewn on for restless hands to fidget with and keep warm. Buttons, felt flowers, ribbons and strings are all attached. A novel idea but it appears to work , and who says a useful gift needs to be expensive.  ?A useful activity where the elderly and grandchildren can create a muff together. Whilst a nurse in male urology there was a theatre sister who knitted willie warmies to maintain the mens dignity. I think perhaps a willie twiddle muff might not be appropriate but it might be a viable enterprise for someone. I do not belittle the seriousness of dementia but I  would like to think that laughter can alleviate stress and pain. A smile can help someone feel welcome and safe.

The interactive station

I love the idea of prompting memory in a very visual and interactive way. An old fashioned sweet shop, baby clothes on the washing line and an old fashioned kitchen.
Some nursing homes recreate streets with old fashioned frontage to shops and rooms.
To have a glimmer of memory related to who they were and how they lived is a very precious moment in time.https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.pinterest.co.uk/amp/rthp52/destination-stations-dementia/

Chains,  padlocks and keys.

These are often attached to boards.

The board can be used for:
  • Helping to build hand and finger muscle strength
  • Refining manual dexterity skills
  • Helping to trigger memories about house-hold tasks, home security, DIY, trade skills or domestic routines 
  • Encouraging conversation and engagement, particularly with the men.
  • https://pin.it/u3lssewxcmmdmn
Memory boxes.
 
https://pin.it/bmsmqw3vaqesrb
 
This website gives useful tips on devising a memory box.
 
Themed boxes can be purchased. For example , by the sea side.
http://hcsuk.co.uk/at-the-seaside
All of these activities can involve the whole family and stimulate the mind of the person with dementia. 
 
I come back to what I said at the beginning of this blog, dementia is a cruel condition  but let's continue to keep the dementia sufferer engaged and keep making family memories with some fun and laughter.  Dementia is a distressing condition which can cause a lot of heart ache. Not only do you see your loved one's personality disappear before your eyes you can witness their agitation and distress.
Like you or I the dementia sufferer requires mental stimulation and a sense of purpose.
There are small and simple activities which may prompt some recognition of self and the world around them.
Various methods include memory boxes, twiddle muff, fiddle boxes, interactive life stations, chains padlocks and keys. You might think I am talking a different language and with the later I am not making any reference to bdsm.
I hope after further explanation it will all become clear.

Twiddle muff.

These are brightly knitted hand muffs with various bits and bobs sewn on for restless hands to fidget with and keep warm. Buttons, felt flowers, ribbons and strings are all attached. A novel idea but it appears to work , and who says a useful gift needs to be expensive.  ?A useful activity where the elderly and grandchildren can create a muff together. Whilst a nurse in male urology there was a theatre sister who knitted willie warmies to maintain the mens dignity. I think perhaps a willie twiddle muff might not be appropriate but it might be a viable enterprise for someone. I do not belittle the seriousness of dementia but I  would like to think that laughter can alleviate stress and pain. A smile can help someone feel welcome and safe.

The interactive station

I love the idea of prompting memory in a very visual and interactive way. An old fashioned sweet shop, baby clothes on the washing line and an old fashioned kitchen.
Some nursing homes recreate streets with old fashioned frontage to shops and rooms.
To have a glimmer of memory related to who they were and how they lived is a very precious moment in time.https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.pinterest.co.uk/amp/rthp52/destination-stations-dementia/

Chains,  padlocks and keys.

These are often attached to boards.

The board can be used for:
  • Helping to build hand and finger muscle strength
  • Refining manual dexterity skills
  • Helping to trigger memories about house-hold tasks, home security, DIY, trade skills or domestic routines 
  • Encouraging conversation and engagement, particularly with the men.
  • https://pin.it/u3lssewxcmmdmn
Memory boxes.
 
https://pin.it/bmsmqw3vaqesrb
 
This website gives useful tips on devising a memory box.
 
Themed boxes can be purchased. For example , by the sea side.
http://hcsuk.co.uk/at-the-seaside
All of these activities can involve the whole family and stimulate the mind of the person with dementia. 
 
I come back to what I said at the beginning of this blog, dementia is a cruel condition  but let's continue to keep the dementia sufferer engaged and keep making family memories with some fun and laughter.  Dementia is a distressing condition which can cause a lot of heart ache. Not only do you see your loved one's personality disappear before your eyes you can witness their agitation and distress.
Like you or I the dementia sufferer requires mental stimulation and a sense of purpose.
There are small and simple activities which may prompt some recognition of self and the world around them.
Various methods include memory boxes, twiddle muff, fiddle boxes, interactive life stations, chains padlocks and keys. You might think I am talking a different language and with the later I am not making any reference to bdsm.
I hope after further explanation it will all become clear.

Twiddle muff.

These are brightly knitted hand muffs with various bits and bobs sewn on for restless hands to fidget with and keep warm. Buttons, felt flowers, ribbons and strings are all attached. A novel idea but it appears to work , and who says a useful gift needs to be expensive.  ?A useful activity where the elderly and grandchildren can create a muff together. Whilst a nurse in male urology there was a theatre sister who knitted willie warmies to maintain the mens dignity. I think perhaps a willie twiddle muff might not be appropriate but it might be a viable enterprise for someone. I do not belittle the seriousness of dementia but I  would like to think that laughter can alleviate stress and pain. A smile can help someone feel welcome and safe.

The interactive station

I love the idea of prompting memory in a very visual and interactive way. An old fashioned sweet shop, baby clothes on the washing line and an old fashioned kitchen.
Some nursing homes recreate streets with old fashioned frontage to shops and rooms.
To have a glimmer of memory related to who they were and how they lived is a very precious moment in time.https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.pinterest.co.uk/amp/rthp52/destination-stations-dementia/

Chains,  padlocks and keys.

These are often attached to boards.

The board can be used for:
  • Helping to build hand and finger muscle strength
  • Refining manual dexterity skills
  • Helping to trigger memories about house-hold tasks, home security, DIY, trade skills or domestic routines 
  • Encouraging conversation and engagement, particularly with the men.
  • https://pin.it/u3lssewxcmmdmn
Memory boxes.
 
https://pin.it/bmsmqw3vaqesrb
 
This website gives useful tips on devising a memory box.
 
Themed boxes can be purchased. For example , by the sea side.
http://hcsuk.co.uk/at-the-seaside
All of these activities can involve the whole family and stimulate the mind of the person with dementia. 
 
I come back to what I said at the beginning of this blog, dementia is a cruel condition  but let's continue to keep the dementia sufferer engaged and keep making family memories with some fun and laughter.