By Jude Welton
Meet Jack - an older guy with dementia. Jack invitations readers to benefit approximately dementia from his viewpoint, supporting them to appreciate the demanding situations confronted through a person with dementia and the alterations it explanations to reminiscence, verbal exchange and behavior. He additionally offers recommendation on tips to support somebody with dementia remain as mentally and bodily energetic as attainable, preserve secure and proceed to suppose cared for and valued. With illustrations all through, this beneficial e-book could be a terrific creation to dementia for somebody from baby to grownup. it is going to additionally advisor relations, associates and carers in realizing and explaining the situation and will function an exceptional start line for relatives and school room discussions.
About the Author
Jude Welton is a contract author, writing almost always at the arts and initially educated as a toddler psychologist focusing on autism. Jane Telford is a long-time pal of the writer. She is an artist and illustrator, who has exhibited work and drawings generally within the united kingdom and in addition across the world. either Jude and Jane have fathers with dementia.
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Please don’t ask me complicated questions or ask me to make complex choices. Keep things simple when you speak to me. Speak clearly. Get my attention before you speak, and give me extra time to process your words. Please don’t whisper to other people in front of me. It might make me feel suspicious and threatened. I might think you are saying nasty things about me. And use a calm tone of voice. I feel frightened if you raise your voice. Please don’t come up behind me and speak. That can feel shocking and frightening too.
Paint handrails and stair rails in contrasting colours to the wall so that they can be easily seen. ˚˚ Use contrasting colours for crockery and cutlery, so that each object is clearly defined, and therefore easier to find and use. • WHEN TO AVOID CONTRASTING COLOURS: ˚˚ If wandering is a problem, you can camouflage doors which you don’t want the person to use. By painting the wall, the architrave and door the same colour, the door becomes less noticeable. ˚˚ Avoid bold patterned shapes or contrasting colours on the carpet, wallpaper or curtains: these can be “misread” and can confuse the person with dementia.
Automatic pill dispensers, with beep alarms, are also available. ˚˚ There are special plugs which prevent the water overflowing if a tap is left on and which change colour to alert the user that the water is too hot. ˚˚ Electric and gas cookers can be fitted with cut-out mechanisms. ˚˚ “Item locators” can help find a lost wallet or glasses. ˚˚ If wandering is a problem, make sure the person with dementia always carries ID with emergency numbers. Various “tracking” devices are available that can locate someone if they have got lost.