Let’s Talk About Dementia A selection of your 2018 blogs

Let’s Talk about dementia is a blog hosted and supported by Alzheimer Scotland and led by allied health professional colleagues. To read about what our contributors have to say, go to www.alzscot.org/talking_dementia and enter your email address to get new posts by email every Thursday at 8am.  Or alternatively email us at TalkingDementia@Alzscot.org and we will link you to the blog posts.  You can also follow on Twitter @alzscot @AHPDementia and @elaineahpmh.  We welcome your positive comments and feedback about how to make this blog useful to you and it would be great if you could comment on items we post.


In this week’s blog we are sharing with you 10 of the 52 blogs we posted during 2018.

  1. Getting to Know Me: Supporting a Culture of Person-Centred Care

@Susan_hol1 one of our Alzheimer Scotland Nurse Consultants talks about the ‘Getting to Know Me’ personal profile tool that was created by the National Dementia Consultant network, consisting of Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultants and AHP Dementia Consultants in Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government and people with dementia.


  1. Dancing for a healthier 2018

@pasna an occupational therapists shares a film showcasing her Social Enterprise Organisation, Weekday Wow Factor, and you can see just one of the interventions offered to enhance health and well-being for people with or without dementia https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/dancing-for-a-healthier-2018/

  1. Housing and Dementia in Scotland

@owlbroon @uwsraymondduffy @lourit from Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland share their report  ‘Being Home: Housing and Dementia in Scotland’, the first of its kind in Scotland, funded by the Life Changes Trust and commissioned by Angus Care and Repair The key findings of the report can be downloaded from https://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/20170613%20Housing%20Dementia%20Key%20Findings%20FINAL.pdf

and the full blog post can be read here


  1. Physiotherapy & Dementia: Working with people living with dementia in my final 4th Year Placement

Caitlin Kennedy, physiotherapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University shares her insights of being on placement in Alzheimer Scotland, working in the community and experiencing  first-hand the services available in Alzheimer Scotland.


  1. Raising Awareness & Importance to Eating Well When Living with Dementia

@lynnekstevenson in her blog raises awareness of the importance of nutrition and dementia during Nutrition and Hydration week last year as well as her passion about the role that good nutrition plays in overall health and well-being.


  1. Home based memory rehabilitation in the Borders, Scotland. An occupational therapists personal perspective

Louise, who at the time of writing the blog was an occupational therapist working in NHS Borders shares her experience of taking part in a national improvement project to deliver an occupational therapy post diagnostic intervention called Home-Based-Memory-Rehabilitation (HBMR) programme. This was Louise’s first ever blog and we were proud to support her in developing a new method to share her work and reflections as an occupational therapist.


  1. Paths for All: Dementia Friendly Walking Project

Carl Greenwood from @PathsforAll talks about a network of Walking for Health projects that organise free, short, local, volunteer led walks that are inclusive and welcoming.  With funding from Life Changes Trust they have been working with the Walking for Health network to make the walks more accessible to people living with dementia.


  1. Achieving Positives Outcomes for People with Dementia in Acute Care

@Lynnflannigan1 from Focus on Dementia shares the report that was developed in partnership with colleagues in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary that explores the critical success factors which lead to improved outcomes for people with dementia, their carers and staff in acute care. https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/achieving-positives-outcomes-for-people-with-dementia-in-acute-care/

  1. Roots to Occupation” by the Scottish Dementia Working Group @S_D_W_G

@elaineahpmh shares the work developed by the Alzheimer Scotland occupational therapy interns (Ciara & Sarah) and the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) in August 2018. Together, they talked about what occupations and activities were important to members of the SDWG and went on to reflect how members continue to engage in activities that are important to them.


  1. Living with dementia: a personal perspective.

@elaineahpmh talks about the launch of Connecting People, Connecting Support (www.alzscot.org/ahp) and shared the film by Pat from @S_D_W_G on her insights and experience of  living with dementia https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/living-with-dementia-a-personal-perspective/


Pat with Beth, Alzheimer Scotland occupational therapy intern, summer 2017

However having had the absolute pleasure, during 2018, of visiting many of my colleagues to support the local integration of #AHPConnectingPeople from Shetland to Dumfries, Ayrshire to Fife, the film with Pat is always the highlight of all my presentations so I would like to share her short film here with you again https://vimeo.com/267246706/aecba4340b



Elaine Hunter @elaineahpmh

National AHP Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland


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