With speech and language therapy you CAN…

So how CAN a Speech & Language Therapist help you to live with dementia?

Alzheimer Scotland has been working with our partners at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to launch a new post card to celebrate Worlds Alzheimer’s month #WAM2017.

Speech & Language Therapy services are available all over Scotland. You can talk to your GP, and mental health services and NHS boards have details of local speech and language therapy services which you can be referred to or you can refer yourself. Speech & Language Therapists help improve your health and wellbeing by supporting you if you have difficulties with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapy CAN …

  • Help you find strategies to communicate successfully in different situations
  • Help give you confidence to join in conversations and participate in the activities you enjoy
  • Support family, friends, colleagues and carers to adapt to your communication needs
  • Give advice on how to compensate for any difficulties eating drinking and swallowing

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Thank you for reading our blog. Please leave a comment or a question to keep us talking about dementia and how speech and language therapy CAN help you.


Other postcards we have developed in partnership with the allied health professional sharing who they are and how they CAN help.


Alzheimer Scotland Occupational Therapy interns

This time last year we were just finishing our summer as occupational therapy interns with Alzheimer Scotland. The internship was a busy 12 week period in which we worked on a range of projects and met lots of wonderful and interesting people.

Earlier this year we submitted abstracts to the Royal College of Occupational Therapy to display some of this work on posters at their annual conference. We were both fortunate to be accepted to display posters and Marianne was also selected to take part in a facilitated poster discussion. The conference took place in Birmingham on the 19th and 20th June with over 1500 delegates.

Attending the conference gave us lots of opportunities to speak with many occupational therapists from across the UK and further afield. We stood near our posters in between conference sessions so that we were able to chat to people and answer questions. People were very interested to hear about our posters and to talk about creative ways of understanding occupation and sharing information, especially using social media as this was a theme in both of our posters.

Rachel’s poster provided a summary of the @AHPdementia Instagram project which aimed to share knowledge and raise awareness of occupation, health and wellbeing over the course of dementia. Rachel posted her own photos on @AHPdementia Instagram with information about occupation and tips for living well with dementia. This is a project that the interns in 2017 have developed further. Whilst Marianne’s poster summarised her exploration of capturing meaningful occupation in photographs, which helped to inform one of our joint projects during the internship. Marianne took photos over the course of a day to document being an occupational therapy intern and to think about what is important to her.

People were also very interested to learn more about the internships in general and we were very happy to talk about our experiences from Alzheimer Scotland and working with the Scottish Dementia Working Group. We had a very enjoyable two days at the conference hearing from lots of different speakers and talking to people about our own work. We hope that people enjoyed seeing our posters and hearing about the Alzheimer Scotland occupational therapy internships. We also hope that this year’s interns have had a great experience and look forward to hearing about their projects too.

Have you done any work that you could share at a conference? Why not email us at Rachel Bew @RachelB_OT  or Marainne Wallace @MWallaceOT and share your stories.

And finally, let’s keep talking about dementia

Thank you for supporting our recent blogs by our occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteers, we hope you enjoyed reading them.  Let’s Talk about Dementia, is a blog hosted and supported by Alzheimer Scotland and led by allied health professional colleagues.

Let’s Talk about Dementia aims to share the work and practice of the allied health professionals in relation to dementia care. It aims to offer advice for people living with dementia, their carers, partners and families – focussing on topics that range from diet and physical activity, to keeping engaged with your community or remaining at home for as long as you would like. This blog can also be a source of information for other health and social care professional colleagues.

Let’s Talk about Dementia will:

  • Cover a range of topics and offer practical ideas, hint and tips
  • Share allied health professionals’ knowledge and expertise
  • Share links to useful resources
  • Share the work of Alzheimer Scotland
  • Share resources that you may not be aware of
  • Allow you to engage with us, share resources and discuss issues.

What else would you like to see posted in our blog posts? We would love to hear from you.

Celebrating a summer of growth: reflections from the 2017 Occupational Therapy Interns

Where it all began

It has been an exciting summer for the 2017 Occupational Therapy Interns (Nicole, Beth and Lynsey) and our very first AHP volunteer (Emily). Our work kicked off with the 2017 Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Awareness Week National Conference where we were first introduced to the Scottish Dementia Working Group and met the rest of the team. The conference was a perfect introduction to the internship as we got a taste of the policy frameworks and models we would be working towards, and a sense of the work previous interns and the AHP programme in @alzscot had produced over the last 5 years.

Our Collaborators

Over the summer we have worked alongside many inspiring people including the Scottish Dementia Working Group (@S_D_W_G), the National Dementia Carer’s Action Network (@NDCAN_Scotland), members of the Policy Team at Alzheimer Scotland (@alzscot), staff and students at Queen Margaret University (@QMUniversity) and finally our Supervisors, Elaine Hunter (@elaineahpmh) and Dr. Fiona Maclean (@MacleanFiona).


Our Projects

We have worked on many diverse projects over the summer, enabling us to experience new technologies and develop new skills. Some of the projects currently in development include:

Scottish Dementia Working Group Joint Projects

  1. A leaflet where we asked, “What is one thing you wish you had been told from somebody with dementia after being diagnosed?”  A main theme of the leaflet will focus on instilling hope and providing advice for the future in the words of people living with dementia.
  2.  Photographing meaningful occupation project. See this previous blog for a description: https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/photographing-meaningful-occupation/
  3. Sharing work of the “Top Tips” Leaflet from the 2015 internship. See http://www.sdwg.org.uk/sdwg-publications/

National Dementia Carer’s Action Network Joint Projects

  1. Glossary of terms leaflet developed for new members of NDCAN to assist with the barriers to engagement that come from acronyms and jargon.
  2. Literature Review focused on how Occupational Therapists can support families and carers of those with dementia. See this previous blog for a description: https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/an-occupational-therapy-interns-experience-of-conducting-a-literature-search-my-4-top-tips/

Social Media Projects

See these previous blogs for more information: https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/occupational-therapy-interns-and-ahp-volunteer-instagram-takeover/ https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/a-summer-of-social-media-in-the-occupational-therapy-internship-how-present-were-we/

Therapeutic Interventions Literature Review as part of a therapeutic toolkit for the Alzheimer Scotland workforce, establishing an evidence base for practice.


5 Key “Take-aways” from our experiences

Growth does not come without reflection.

“In order to benefit from accumulating experience, it is necessary to stop and think from time to time” (Roberts 2002)

As part of the internship, we often used reflective frameworks (Gibb’s reflective cycle) to guide our thinking.  These are some of the reflections that the 2017 Occupational Therapy Interns have come up with when thinking about our time at Alzheimer Scotland.

  1. “Members of the Scottish Dementia Working Group are different and it is due to their unique experiences that they all have something valuable to contribute. It is absolutely essential to have the voices and stories of those living with dementia and their families at the forefront of our work as future occupational therapists.”
  2. “Sometimes things don’t go to plan…whether it was the structure of a photo taking day, or the focus of a particular project, this internship has taught me to be flexible and embrace unpredictability, as sometimes it produces the best results.”
  3.  “I felt that working in the leading dementia organisation in Scotland allowed me the opportunity to practice in a more flexible environment where I had the freedom to prioritise the work I wanted to focus on. This has been a particularly valuable aspect of the internship as I have really had the opportunity to listen to people’s stories and what is important to them.”
  4. “Allied health professionals should be involved in dementia care and the policies that support it.  Social media can be an informal, effective way to engage with those who are living with dementia and their families.”
  5. Finally….”cakes, treats, and home baking always make meetings better!”

Whilst life and practice can be challenging, it is important to set aside time to think about how your experiences have and will shape your future actions. Future interns and projects stemming from the AHP programme can draw on these “take-aways” to create well-supported, positive partnerships with people living with dementia. It is partly through reflection that we will become better health care professionals, who are better able to support people living with dementia and their families and in turn, enhance outcomes.

Ot interns

What’s next?

As the summer comes to an end, the Occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteer will move on to other exciting opportunities in their careers and studies.

Lynsey will be taking up a full time Band 5 Occupational Therapy post while balancing out her role as a mum.

Nicole will be beginning her Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Strathclyde and staying on for a few hours as an AHP volunteer.

Beth will be resuming her studies at Queen Margaret University to complete her final year of her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.

Emily will be finishing her job at the Edinburgh Fringe and staying on with Alzheimer Scotland to support the Photographing Meaningful Occupations project.

At the heart of our future journeys in life, we will carry with us the learning opportunities, experiences and wisdom we have gained from this internship.


Staying in touch

As many of the 2017 internship projects are currently “works in progress”, we will be sharing the final products in the following months. In addition, we plan to share our work at different conferences throughout the year with poster presentations. Once again, we will continue to share our learning through social media on our own personal twitter accounts.

The blog will now be handed back over to Elaine Hunter (@elaineahpmh) and the team in Alzheimer Scotland to share the work and practice of allied health professions and the work of Alzheimer Scotland. So let’s keep talking about dementia; at home, at work, on the street, and on the bus, in cities, towns, and villages across Scotland.


  • Roberts, A. E. K. 2002. Advancing practice through continuing professional education: The case for reflection, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(5), pp.237-241.

A summer of social media in the Occupational Therapy internship – how present were we?

Just as a health care professional might follow a model or criteria to evaluate how successful a particular therapeutic intervention may have been, the Occupational Therapy interns and AHP volunteer wanted to see how valuable our social media “take-overs” have been throughout the summer so that we can tailor and improve the content offered to our readership.

Why social media?

The Let’s Talk about Dementia blog was set up following on from Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week 2014 (2–8 June) which focused on the theme “lets talk about dementia”. Dementia is frightening. Talking about it helps us make sure that nobody faces dementia alone.

Since 2014, we have engaged with more forms of social media to reach more people, and to further enhance the visibility of the work of allied health professionals as we know the benefits of using social media include:

  • Challenging stigma and changing social attitudes towards dementia
  • It is an inexpensive platform to reach a diverse, growing audience
  • Engaging with the readership to further inform our knowledge and the lived experiences
  • Sharing useful resources, links and often “hidden” self care tips to live well with dementia



Enhancing our visibility

We have made it a priority throughout the internship to share our learning, largely through the use of social media. The Occupational Therapy interns and the AHP volunteer have been connecting with our followers all summer long through various social media platforms.

Social media OT interns 2

Now it’s time to take a look at how many people we have reached and what our impact was over the last 7 weeks with 4 different social media platforms.

  1. Instagram – @ahpdementia

If you would like an introduction to using Instagram or its purpose, please visit this blog post: https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/connecting-people-connecting-support-through-instagram/amp/



2. Twitter


3. Blog – Letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com


4. Facebook – AHP Dementia

A trial account was set up to test whether or not it was more effective to use Facebook to reply to comments from the Let’s Talk about Dementia Blog. It was found that the Facebook account did not yield any additional traffic, nor were there any comments to respond to during our 7 week takeover.

Facebook is a widely used social media platform and the AHP dementia programme and future interns could look at exploring a more robust strategy for sharing content and engaging with the public, importantly those living with dementia and their families.

What might the results tell us?

Twitter was by far the most powerful social media platform to share our work through. This may represent a well established following on our own personal twitter accounts, or may reflect that this is the medium in which people interested in dementia most readily use. Future interns and health care professionals may want to engage with twitter to share their work or to share their expertise with a focus on self management to living well with dementia.

Many of the top tweets included photographs or embedded links, which may also speak to Twitter’s versatility in sharing information. Unsurprisingly, many of the accounts that shared and liked the tweets were people living with dementia, their families, and other health professionals/third sector organisations working in dementia care. Sharing practical tips, advice and resources were also popular tweets for this target audience.

The Instagram account saw a steady increase in readership over the summer. It may be that Instagram is becoming more popular with the target audience of the internship and that future years can build upon this success. It may also suggest that it is more effective to do a short, yet condensed social media take over with defined themes (1 daily theme posted each day for 4 weeks rather than 1 post a week for the whole summer like the blog). Overwhelmingly, the most popular posts were those promoting self care. Future interns can make this a more pronounced theme throughout their social media takeovers. These were also judged as the most professional looking images, further suggesting that the quality of the image may be of more importance when posting on this platform.

Readership for the blog throughout the summer has been similar to other years. The blog was a great learning experience for us as interns in experimenting with different ways to share our learning. We learnt that terminology is really important – we use it too much!! Understanding who your readers are and avoiding the use of jargon is essential. Continuing with the historic success of the blog, the blog gained more followers and had some very positive reader engagement throughout the summer.

What did you tell us?

We received some really wonderful feedback from our followers, a few of these comments are featured below. Please continue to let us know what you think about our work, get involved if you are interested, or share it amongst your colleagues, friends and families.


Thank you to all those who liked, commented, re-tweeted, or shared our work throughout the summer. The more awareness we can raise, the more we can change the image of dementia, making a positive impact in ensuring nobody faces dementia alone.Final - Thanks

“Never in the history of mankind did not talking about something scary make it disappear”



Photographing Meaningful Occupation


The Occupational Therapy Interns and AHP Volunteer have been leading on a “photo narrative project” over the summer with members of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG). The aim of the project was to capture the everyday occupations of people living with dementia with photographs.

When I talk about “occupations”, I am talking about the everyday activities that we all do as individuals, in families and within our communities, to bring meaning and purpose to our lives. Occupations include things we need to, want to and are expected to do (WFOT 2017).

Our project allows us to spend the day with different members of the group, where ever they lived, talking about what they enjoy, how they spent their time, understanding what is important to each of them and then capturing this through the use of images and taking photographs. We hope that the photos captured, will show the individuality of each participant and bring attention to the roles that they CAN carry out as part of society.

In order to present the voice of people from across Scotland we travelled to the SDWG members in the cities, rural communities and islands. We hope to use different technology in the way that we exhibit and share the narratives and photographs. We are lucky to have an events management graduate @McNEmilyJane to support us with this.

This project was also designed, more importantly to meet the SDWG’s 2017 priorities:

  • Challenging stigma and changing the image of dementia
  • Presenting a strong collective voice of diverse people with dementia across Scotland
  • Using and exploring new technology to support the work
  • Supporting a well-trained collective work force

Personal Photo Narrative Projects – getting started?

As part of our preparations as occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteers for the project, everyone involved completed their very own photo narrative project in order to try and experience what the participants may be feeling throughout the project. The photo narrative project involved us spending time taking photographs of what we believe is meaningful to our own lives. We then spent time writing a short excerpt of text for each photo on why it is important and what we gain from it. To help us in the process, we all picked a theme for our photos and took time in capturing what is meaningful to us. Below I have included small excerpts from each of our personal photo narratives.

Nicole Kane- Physical, Psychological and Social Wellbeing through Occupation

Despite graduation celebrations not being a regular occurrence in my life, for me my graduation was a symbol of my hard work and accomplishments over the past four years; the continuous learning experiences that have been part of my journey have added to wellbeing by constantly challenging my views and adding to my skillset. As I complete my undergraduate degree and move onto to new challenges it’s important to me to remember how new experiences and opportunities contribute to my wellbeing. More importantly however graduation was a time to celebrate the people who had been part of my educational journey. I take a collectivist approach to life and believe that no one ever does anything in isolation. My graduation involved the lecturers who have shared their knowledge and sparked my interests, my classmates who have helped me learn and challenged my thoughts, and finally my friends and family who listened to my complaints and constantly encouraged me. I believe that all aspects of my university career have contributed to my wellbeing and that the social supports that I have received throughout my role as a student are the key to my wellbeing.

Beth Crockett- Discovery through Occupation

Of course, my role as a student and intern is how I spend the majority of my time. One of the primary motivators I had in applying for this internship is that I felt I was lacking experience working with people with dementia. Past experience is a main source of knowledge that occupational therapists (and students) can draw upon and I felt as this was a step that I need to take in order to gain that experience. I was elated at the chance to learn from those with a wealth of knowledge in the SDWG and other experienced interns. Once again, my sense of discovery leads me to strive for professional development in my journey to becoming an occupational therapist.

Lynsey Robertson-Flannigan- Occupational Balance

As my mornings are busy whilst I get myself and my baby ready, I try to ensure I arrive at work early so that I have some time to myself to drink a cup of coffee and put some makeup on – another two activities that are meaningful to me.




Emily Duffy- Self Awareness Through Occupation

Another activity that provides ample opportunity to listen to my thoughts and reflect upon them, or equally drown them out when my thoughts feel too busy is by taking in the scenery or talking to a friend whilst walking and running. Living in Edinburgh, there is no shortage of places to go for this, but I like to challenge myself with Arthur’s Seat regularly. Not only do I feel this is important for my mental wellbeing, but equally important for my physical wellbeing.

This activity holds more meaning to me than just physical activity however. Having grown up in the countryside, and for a large portion of it in a caravan, being outdoors is very important to me. Not only does it give me a sense of freedom, but having been surrounded by the countryside until moving to Edinburgh, I have a great interest in nature and developed a strong passion for environmental sustainability during my Events Management degree, and would eventually go on to write about this topic in my final university project.

Going Forward

We hope that the photographs captured with the SDWG member can be shared to challenge the stigma and negative image of dementia by demonstrating that people living with dementia CAN  still be valued and active members of the community! They CAN still fulfil roles that important to them be is as a friend, a husband or SDWG member.

This year the work will be shared formally for the first time at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Berlin this October #27AEC. The chairman of the Scottish Dementia Working Group @ARCHIE41241748 will be presenting some of the work of the interns with the support of Alzheimer Scotland’s National Allied Health Professional Consultant @ElaineAHPmh and @MacleanFiona from Queen Margaret University who both lead on the internship partnership between Queen Margaret University, Alzheimer Scotland and Santander Universities UK.

This year’s interns plan on sharing this work further by displaying the projects at various conferences next year including the Alzheimer Scotland 2018 Conference in partnership with the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

Watch this space for future events and projects which will have the photo narrative projects at the centre. The individuals involved in this project all live well with a diagnosis of dementia!



What do you think about using photography as a media to capture what’s important to someone?

How can we challenge the stigma and negative image of dementia?


Keep upto date with what the OT Inters and AHP Volunteer are doing by following the hashtags #OTInterns17 and #AHPVolunteer17






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WFOT., 2017. Definition of Occupational Therapy. [viewed 14th of August 2017] http://www.wfot.org/AboutUs/AboutOccupationalTherapy/DefinitionofOccupationalTherapy.aspx

“Occupational Balance” what does it mean & why is it important?

Occupational Balance – what is it?
Whilst studying occupational therapy I read a great deal about ‘occupational balance’ and how it can contribute to a healthy life, but until recently I had never really considered the implications of achieving occupational balance and what it is that makes it so important. Backman (2004, p 208) defines occupational balance as

“…a relative state, recognizable by a happy or pleasant integration of life activities and demands”

Backman (2004) is explaining that occupational balance is a way of being, rather than a specific activity or task, and achieved by taking part in daily activities that do not overwhelm, and result in feelings of positivity, satisfaction and achievement.
Although ‘occupational balance’ is not a term widely used outside of occupational therapy, I would like to suggest that it is however an idea that is considered and discussed regularly by us all. I would like you to think of occupational balance as the things we do every day and include our work/life balance; family life; leisure time; relaxation and the balance of each area that a person fits into their daily life.

Occupational Balance & Dementia
Maintaining occupational balance is important for both people with dementia and their family carers. Phinney et al (2007) explain that participation in a variety of activities is essential for the well-being of people with dementia and offers opportunities for social interaction as well as feelings of purpose and enjoyment.
As health professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure that the people we are working with are able to maintain their activities of daily living by adapting and altering the way this is done in line with the progression of their dementia. It could also be argued that it is equally important for us to work just as hard to ensure a person with dementia is still able to take part in ALL activities that are meaningful to them.
Another barrier to achieving occupational balance is time, a difficulty that can be faced by family carers of people with dementia. The National Strategy for Carers (Department of Health 2010) states that there is a growing need for health professionals to work with carers to ensure that their own physical and psychological health is maintained. Hall and Skelton (2012) reiterate the importance of this in their observation that a family carer can easily burn out and become unable to continue caring for their loved one or family member as a result of this. It is essential that family carers for people with dementia are supported to maintain occupational balance, whether that be achieved through access to respite, carer groups or support in fitting their own activities into their day-to-day lives.









My Own Reflections on Occupational Balance
As mentioned previously, I had not considered occupational balance in great detail up until recently. As an occupational therapy intern with Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University, I was asked to spend some time photographing my day as part of a bigger project that this year’s team of interns and volunteer are working on together.
I decided to theme by photographs around ‘occupational balance’. Taking these photographs required me to step back and think about if and how I was managing to achieve occupational balance in my life. As a mum of a one year old and also working three days per week in a hospital and two days with Alzheimer Scotland, I think it is fair to say that I am quite a busy person at the moment, a factor that I hadn’t appreciated before taking my photos! I realized however that I don’t feel stretched or that I am doing too much, and that I achieve this by making sure I have small parts of each day to take part in activities that are important to me, for example arriving at work early to put my makeup on and have a coffee, enjoying bath and story time with my little boy, and ensuring that I have time to relax in the evenings.
My main take-home message from my day spent taking photographs is that occupational balance really isn’t something that most of us do consciously until we step back and think about it. Having the time, ability and opportunity to take part in a range of different activities is so important for health and well-being, and is something that each and every person has the right to.







1. Are you achieving occupational balance in your day today? If not, what could you do to change this
2. If you are a healthcare professional, is there more that you could do to encourage and enable occupational balance for the people you work with?

By Lynsey Robertson-Flannigan
Occupational Therapy Intern 2017

BACKMAN,C.L., 2004. Occupational Balance: Exploring the Relationships among Daily Occupations and Their Influence on Well-Being. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy [online]. Vol. 71, pp. 202-209. [viewed 01 August 2017]. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8140875_Occupational_Balance_Exploring_the_Relationships_among_Daily_Occupations_and_Their_Influence_on_Well-Being
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HALL, L. AND SKELTON, D.A., 2012. Occupational therapy for caregivers of people with dementia: a review of the united kingdom literature. British Journal of Occupational Therapy [online]. Vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 281-288. [viewed 07 August 2017]. Available from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.4276/030802212X13383757345184
PHINNEY, A., CHAUDREY,. H. AND O’CONNOR, D. L., 2007. Doing as much as I can do: the meaning of activity for people with dementia. Aging and Mental Health [online]. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 284-293. [viewed 07 August 2017]. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13607860601086470

Occupational Therapy Interns and AHP Volunteer Instagram Takeover

As part of the occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteer summer takeover we will be taking over the AHP Dementia Instagram Account. Instagram is a form of social media that allows users to convey information through photographs and images. There will be a new addition to the Instagram every week day from a member of the AHP Team!

MONDAYS: Top tips for living well with Dementia

(Lynsey Robertson-Flannigan, Occupational Therapy Intern)

Transparent kitchen appliances can make it easy to see when the kettle is boiling or if the toast is ready. Stay tuned for more #toptips for #livingwell with #dementia over the coming weeks! #ahpdementia #otinterns2017

TUESDAYS: General tips for wellbeing

(Emily Duffy, AHP Volunteer)

Relaxation is essential for reducing stress and improving your overall #wellbeing, including better sleep and a healthier mind. Today, do something relaxing that you enjoy. Whether it’s taking a walk up Arthur’s Seat, mucking about in the garden, or reading your favourite book, doing something that makes you feel good will be reflected in your overall #wellbeing #AHPdementia #alliedhealthprofessionals #otinterns2017 #otinterns #arthurseat #occupationaltherapy

WEDNESDAYS: Let’s Talk About Dementia Blog Promotion and feature photo from personal narrative of meaningful occupations.                    

 (Nicole Marie Kane, Occupational Therapy Intern)


Alzheimer Scotland’s Occupational Therapy Interns and AHP Volunteer have been conducting their own photography projects to capture what’s meaningful to them!

Follow our projects by signing up to the blog http://www.letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com or on twitter with the #OTInterns17 #AHPVolunteer17 #AHPDementia #ConnectingPeople #ConnectingSupport

 THURSDAYS: Based on a AHP leaflet – Did you know: Occupations with an AHP feature                        (Beth Crockett, Occupational Therapy Intern)


#OTinterns17’s Thursday theme is highlighting how #ahp CAN support people with dementia. Did you know OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS can support people with dementia to continue doing everyday activities they find meaningful? So whether it is getting dressed for work, for your role as a parent or grandparent or participate in your favorite hobby, occupational therapists take a holistic approach to dementia care. Find out more about what Occupational Therapy can offer at https://www.rcot.co.uk/ #valueofOT #AHPDementia #ConnectingPeople #ConnectingSupport

FRIDAYS: Connecting people through conversation and enquiry

(Elaine Hunter, National AHP Consultant)

AHPDementia, connecting people through conversation & inquiry What did the stories tell us what really matters if you live with dementia ? Listening – you told us being LISTENED to in itself had a huge positive impact, you had stories to tell. The quality of our listening was important too, really seeking to understand what matters most to people & hear the whole story #ConnectingSupport #ConnectingPeople #OTIntern17 #AHPDementia #ahpvolunteer17 @nicolemariekane @bc_rocks @mcnemilyjane @lynsey_flannigan

Our aim is to use different social media platforms to share our work with a wider group of people in new and exciting ways. We will use the social media platform of Instagram to challenge the stigma surrounding dementia, to highlight how the different AHP professions can make a positive impact on the lives of those living with dementia, and to offer practical advice to family members, carers and people living with dementia. The captions associated with each photo posted will be informed by literature, research evidence, conversations with people living with dementia and their carers, and through collaboration with other AHPs and students. Already we can see that our Top Tips for living well with dementia are proving popular and we will be looking to provide more practical hints and tips throughout the account.

The occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteer are currently completing a range of projects which challenge the negative image of dementia and utilise photography as a creative way to capture what’s important for those living with dementia. As part of our preparation we all completed a personal photography project to allow us to fully understand the process of capturing our lives on camera; the Instagram account will give us a platform to share the photographs we have taken and the meaning behind them for us.

We hope that our blog subscribers will support our Instagram account and follow us @AHPDementia. You can comment below on what self-help information you would like us to include on the Instagram? Would you like to know more about allied health professional or how to support your loved ones? Please let us know, we are happy to receive your feedback.

You can keep up to date with all of our projects and activities on twitter with the hashtags #OTInterns17 and #AHPVolunteer17.