Dementia awareness – Talk about it Tuesday

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I recently attended a talk on Dementia. I thought I knew what it was. It turns out I had no idea of how it destroys the brain bit by bit causing nerve cell death and tissue loss. Sounds frightening doesn’t it?

I listened to Eula, the speaker, talk of her experience of working with Alzheimers and Dementia. She is passionate about raising awareness of the illness so it will no longer be stigmatised and to highlight the amazing work that carers and caregivers do.

I have never been through so many emotions in an hour of listening to someone speak, she had very funny stories about 70 year olds who now believe they are 20 and want to go out sowing their wild oats all over again, to extremely sad tales of elderly parents not remembering they had children and wanting to go home to their Mothers.

A fabulous speaker, she had us laughing our heads off to then sitting in sad silence, it was a roller coaster of emotions to emphasise what a carer will go through looking after someone with dementia.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions that cause the brain to fail, Alzheimer’s disease represents the majority of cases.

This is how a person with dementia sees a clock face

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People with dementia often experience problems with memory and thinking. Because they often cannot store new information efficiently, they use past experiences to make sense of the present. Music, photos and objects can help enhance memory gathering.

Libraries have a collection of Memory bags that can be borrowed. The bags contain local photographs, books, replicas of posters, labels and pictures plus smell bottles, music CDs and objects of the time.

Different themes include war, childhood, women, men, sporting life, housework, schooldays, leisure time and special events, holidays and working life.

Memory bag for help with dementia

Precise causes of Alzheimer’s or other dementia are not known. Most experts agree it is a combination of factors rather than a single cause. Individuals may be able to lower the odds of developing dementia by eating well, staying socially active and using the brain regularly.

If you would like to know more about dementia, it’s causes and how to spot the signs you can find more information here.

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11 Comments

  1. November 18, 2016 / 20:35

    Dementia is a very complex thing and to be honest, I probably don’t really know enough about it. Those bags seem like a fabulous idea x

    • November 18, 2016 / 22:48

      I was the same Lisa, still don’t fully understand as there are so many different effects. x

  2. November 18, 2016 / 08:36

    This is an important subject to be talking about, and one which touches me personally.

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    • November 18, 2016 / 14:58

      Thanks Kate, it’s an important issue.

  3. November 10, 2016 / 20:45

    These types of illnesses are just so scary. The Memory Bags look brilliant, I didn’t know they existed. What a wonderful idea to try to help in some way.

    • November 10, 2016 / 21:39

      It’s great that the bags are available to loan from the Library.

  4. November 9, 2016 / 21:00

    What a horrible cruel disease. It must be so frightening for the person who is suffering, as well as frightening for their loved ones. The memory bags seem a great idea x

  5. November 8, 2016 / 11:42

    Gosh dementia is such a cruel disease isn’t it? It’s such a great thing to raise awareness though as there is a lot of ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding it to too. #talkaboutittuesday

    • November 8, 2016 / 15:10

      A lot of things made sense after hearing the talk, definitely lots of misunderstanding.

  6. November 8, 2016 / 10:47

    I saw a documentary about someone with Dementia. It’s so sad for them and for the whole family. It is frightening indeed.

    • November 8, 2016 / 10:58

      It is sad, the lady who gave the talk is amazing and passionate about raising awareness and how to help someone with the condition live a calm stress free life.

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