Let’s Talk about Dementia

“Your Top 10 Posts”

We launched our blog in June 2014 and by the 10th September 2015 we have published 70 posts, received 34,814 views and had 352 online comments/conversations. However we thought you might like to see your “Top 10 Posts”, here they are, in no particular order………..

  1. Actualizing Work Potential in Dementia:


This blog is a five minute DVD where you view how work and vocational potential can be actualised with the right support, at the right time and has over 106 comments including “as a tennis coach, I was completely inspired by this way of tennis enhancing lives”

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  1. Delirium: What you need to know?


Delirium is explained as a common medical problem that can happen when you become physically unwell.  It is also known as “Acute Confusion” and the blog offers 12 tips on how family and carers can help. A Golden Nugget was offered at the end of the blog “Delirium is a serious condition if left untreated.  Please seek urgent medical help if you notice a change in presentation” and additional Resources and links are available at www.scottishdeliriumassociation.com

  1. Six Things You Need to Know About the 10 Care Actions:


This was one of our earlier blog posts and describes “The 10 Dementia Care Actions in Hospital” an action plan to support and drive quality within acute general hospital care that you will find in Scotland’s 2nd National Dementia strategy. The actions challenge us to plan and prepare for admission and discharge (action 3) and to develop and embed person-centered assessment and care planning (action 4).

  1. Seven Top Tips to Risk enablement:


Within this post we consider how you can support people living with dementia to take positive risks within their daily lives offering seven top tips to help start the process. A leaflet to assist NHS staff clinical reasoning when faced with complex situations within acute/general hospital based practice was also shared. http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/media/CLT/ResourceUploads/4064579/274993%20Enablement%20Framework%20PROOF8.pdf

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Lovely clear messages we can all relate to…. What’s so helpful here is that you give us really practical steps we can follow and ideas we can use to think about this topic together …not just in our teams but …importantly….with our patients and their families”

  1. Falls, Dementia and Sight loss:


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Colleagues in RNIB reminded us people living with dementia are often unaware that sight loss may be part of their dementia journey but research has found that within 6 months of developing Alzheimer’s an individual can experience reduced visual acuity, loss of depth perception and reduced colour and contrast sensitivity. So what can make a difference? We offered readers “9 top tips” to reduce the risk of falls for someone living with sight loss and dementia

  1. Five environmental hints and tips:



If you get it right for dementia, you get it right for everyone”

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Practical ideas on signage, orientation, lighting, seating, flooring and stairs are included and you can download this information here: http://www.alzscot.org/assets/0001/2899/Environmental_Hints___Tips.pdf

  1. Dementia and Falls:


This was one of our very early blog posts and we are reminded that falls should not be seen as an inevitable part of getting older, nor should they be seen as an inevitable consequence of dementia. We were reminded good falls prevention is synonymous with good person centered care. There has been a lot of new work being developed on falls prevention and we will invite our colleagues to offer us an update in a future blog post.

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  1. Eight things to know about Art Therapy:


“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…things I had no words for”

Georgia O’Keeffe

Our colleague shared a little about art therapy and this comment captures the blog post well That was a very interesting blog about your role…..I am looking forward to more joint working with Art Therapy colleagues as I am aware the potential to assist some individuals to express and come to terms with feelings in a different way ….”

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  1. Three Tips to Creating an Enabling Home:


Again this was one of our earlier posts where a colleague shared their role to help people to keep doing the things they need and want to do in daily life with a focus on the home environment where by making a few changes at home people can make everyday life easier and less stressful “Invaluable advice….. Simple techniques but make such a huge difference”

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  1. Care about Continence:


A useful pocket guide for people living with dementia, their families and friends and staff was shared with the inclusion of a 3 minute film sharing Archie’s experience of managing his continence needs and can be viewed at http://youtu.be/oln1fW3-hdo

Since this blog was posted the guide has been formally launched and we will include this in our “useful links”

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We welcome your positive comments and feedback about how to make this blog useful to you and would encourage you to keep commenting on the items we post.

What has been your “top” blog post?

Thank you for reading and continuing to “Talk about Dementia”

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