Let’s talk about dementia

Thank you


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

This weekly blog was founded in June 2014, starting after Scotland’s national dementia awareness week where the theme was “Let’s talk about dementia. Our blog is hosted and supported by Alzheimer Scotland and led by me, the national AHP consultant in Alzheimer Scotland.  I wanted to find a different way to share with people what allied health professionals can do, how they could help and at the same time listen and engage with people living with dementia and their families through social media.

In this week’s blog I simply wanted to say thank you to all our blog contributors and our blog readers, we cannot do it without you. I also wanted to ask you, what else would you like us to include in our weekly blog posts in 2017?

The blog continues to go from strength to strength and here are seven of my favourite comments from our readers to our contributors.

Thank you for sharing with us how music therapy has helped Jim, and also the details on how to access music therapy.

Thanks for your blog Nicole. It’s a good reminder to all of us to consider the challenge to always address the issue of enabling people to remain engaged in the activities they enjoy and are which are vital to their sense of self and wellbeing! Your tips are great, simple and easy to do… thanks

As a person who has dementia I really enjoyed what you had to say, and you are right having a camera you can capture things that you enjoy I was looking back on photographs of myself when I was a young apprentice plater in the steelworks. I enjoyed your story.

This wonderful article, by Jenny, where she shares her understanding of developing confident conversations and supporting people who live with dementia to reach their potential.

Well done Tracey for explaining your role as a Dementia Champion. Occupational Therapists are well placed to help alter the environment for people with dementia from disabling to enabling. To all the Dementia Champions out there, keep up your great work, it makes a huge difference to people living with dementia.

It’s great to see some learning disability specific information on the topic. Well done. I look forward to seeing and using this resource

It is easy to lose your way when you are a Care Partner: particularly when you are tired. I’m hoping that the following hints will keep me, and others, on a supportive path as we forward on our journey

Blogs posts for 2017, what would you like to see included?

The original aim of the blog was to:

  • share allied health professionals knowledge, expertise as well as links to useful resources
  • share the work of Alzheimer Scotland
  • share resources that you may not be aware of
  • for you to share resources we are not aware of
  • connect, engage, discuss and for us to listen
  • develop new networks and channels of communication

Do you think we do this? What would you like to see in our blog posts for next year?

We want to know what you think of our blog – take the short survey here.

Thank you again to all our readers and contributors.

In the next two blog posts we will be sharing your top ten blogs from 2016.

145701806349836Elaine Hunter
Allied Health Professional Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland

My remit in Alzheimer Scotland is to bring the skills of AHPs to the forefront of dementia practice and to share with them the principles and practice of working in a major charity that is dedicated to “making sure nobody faces dementia alone”. I am leading the delivery of commitment 4 of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. In short, a great job working with great people.


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