All things bright and beautiful

Murals not only brighten up any space but can provide an excellent opportunity to involve people with dementia in creative, co-operative work with a satisfying end product. Two projects are described here, by Deborah Neal, and Christine Ridley and Jane Parker. Author/s: Deborah Neal, Christine Ridley, Jane Parker For the full article please see the...

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Touching the soul through the senses

The Sonas approach is a tried and tested way of activating potential for communication in people with dementia, through all the senses including touch, smell and taste. Mary Threadgold explains the system and how it was developed. Author/s: Mary Threadgold For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full...

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Let’s face the music – and dance

Tea dances have proved a remarkable stimulus to activity and interaction for people with dementia in Bridlington. Rob Howarth and Rob Ketteringham describe how the project was set up and evaluated. Author/s: Rob Howarth, Rob Ketteringham For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available...

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The healing magic of stories

Judith Hodgkinson explores the healing powers of drama therapy, through herbs, hugs, hats and the powerful, universal and timeless themes of fairy tales. Author/s: Judith Hodgkinson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe....

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Lowering our defences by playing the part

Role play can lead to a deeper understanding of the experience of dementia than is otherwise possible, but the process is by no means a simple one, as Tom Kitwood explains. Author/s: Tom Kitwood For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you...

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Our greatest resource is ourselves

Paula Crimmens amd Alison Kelly have developed the techniques of drama therapy into an effective way of working with people with dementia, stimulating their imagination and strong desire to communicate and bond with another human being. Author/s: Paula Crimmens, Alison Kelly For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The...

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There’s so much to hear, when you stop and listen to individual voices

John Killick has been writer in residence for Westminster Health Care for the past two years. He tells Sue Benson about his work encouraging and helping individuals who have dementia to express their thoughts and feelings. Author/s: Sue Benson, John Killick For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The...

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Books (SO21)

My Grandma has Dementia Alex Winstanley, self-published, ISBN 9798582240631, £7.99 Alex Winstanley’s book My Grandma has Dementia aims to demystify dementia for children. It tells the story from the point of view of a child whose grandma has been diagnosed with dementia and follows through from the initial signs that something is wrong to her...

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Singing and smiling through lockdown

Nia Davies Williams is musician in residence at Bryn Seiont Newydd in Nοrth Wales Back in November 2015, Bryn Seiont Newydd, part of the Pendine Park care company, opened its doors for the first time, a dementia care centre for over 100 residents. Mario and Gill Kreft, who own the company, shared a vision that...

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