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@uplifting_dementia Leah Bisiani MHlthSc/RN1/Dementia Consultant. The voice upholding rights of people living with dementia, to empower her vision of change. http://shimmeringspirit.wix.com/uplifting-dementia

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πŸƒπŸƒπŸŒ±πŸŒ±It is a great privilege to be invited to be part of such an exemplary event as the Cann10 Leadership Program. πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΏπŸŒΏ Current knowledge shall be shared by experts & leaders in the field, who stand strong, in representing the therapeutic benefits of MC. ✨✨✨✨ Thank you Cann10 & Darryl Davies for the honour and opportunity to present again this year. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» My topic shall be: β€œMedicinal cannabis – a therapeutic Alternative for management of Chronic Pain in older Australians”.🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 The provision of an educational and inspiring platform such as this, allows us to share compelling information, of which is crucial in the current climate within Australia. πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ» Limited places for this program are still available so please register here:🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 https://www.cann10.com.au/events/australias-first-medicinal-cannabis-leadership-programΒ  Thanks also for Cann10's total commitment in putting the focus back on the people, by giving a voice to and advocating for those whose suffering must be alleviated. πŸŒΏπŸŒ±πŸƒπŸŒΏπŸŒ±πŸƒπŸŒΏπŸŒ±πŸƒπŸŒΏ
01:34 PM Feb 23, 2018
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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ€Sexuality and dementia”:🌟🌟 Leah Bisiani MHlthSc/Rn1/Dementia Consultant. ✨✨ πŸŒ»πŸŒ»β€Uplifting Dementia” 🌻🌻 Part 6..........✨✨✨✨ None of us ever have the right to force our judgmental opinions of whether others should have sex or not, if it is a consensual act. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” This is especially relevant in cases where family members demand that their mum, dad or parents cannot have sex any longer because it offends them. Really??' If my daughter ever felt she had the right, or the cheek to suggest I could not, as an adult, have sex anymore, or she didn't understand it met my need for companionship, I would tell her to pull her head in, & query how she thought she was born??!! It's laughable really. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ€” But it's so common it needed to be mentioned. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» If we truly are person centered in our approach then know sexual needs are part of the holistic framework. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘β£οΈπŸ§‘ McGowin in Kitwood (1997), states the feelings and words of an elderly lady with dementia, when her need for intimacy was neglected. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜žπŸ˜žπŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜”πŸ˜” β€˜If I am no longer a woman, why do I still feel like one? If no longer worth holding, why do I crave it? If no longer sensual, why do I enjoy the soft texture of silk against my skin? If no longer sensitive, why do moving lyric songs strike a responsive chord in me? My every molecule seems to scream out that I do, indeed exist, and that existence must be valued by someone! Without someone to walk this labyrinth by my side, without the touch of a fellow traveller who understands my needs of self-worth, how can I endure the rest of this unchartered journey?’ The End. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
01:44 PM Feb 22, 2018
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🌟🌟Sorry to interrupt my β€œDementia and Sexual Needs” series but this came through last night!!!!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It is with great delight and pride that I share with you our recent publication, printed in the β€œJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research” Feb.2018, Β© 2018 The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.⭐️⭐️ βœ¨βœ¨β€UNderstanding pain in aged care: the UNPAC study – exploring the nature and treatment of chronic pain in the Australian aged care settingβ€βœ¨βœ¨ Christopher P. Alderman, BPharm, PhD, FSHP, BCPP, CGP Natalie R. Soulsby, BSc(Hons)(Pharm), MSc (ClinPharm), PhD, AACPA Trevor S. Ward, BCompSc(Hons), BCom Leah Bisiani, RN, DipBus, MHealthSci 😊😊This specific initiative was developed in conjunction with Ward Medication Management, and specifically Professor Chris Alderman, who is undoubtedly a person I feel extremely proud to be associated with.😊😊 He is an inspiration to me, hence I felt privileged to examine the current practices of pain management within the Australian aged care sector with him.πŸ™πŸ» We focused on exploring data directly related to chronic intractable pain in the older Australian population, to hopefully provide supportive evidence for researchers to then use this information to examine the potential scope for utilization of medicinal cannabinoids as a positive alternative to current ineffective traditional pain management regimes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My interest in advancing the development of medicinal cannabis as an alternative to current ineffective pain regimes in aged care has been a focus since 2015.🌱🌱🌱 I presented this information at the, β€œCann10 International Medicinal Cannabis Conference”, in Tel Aviv, Israel in September 2016, and the β€œCannaTech Conference” in March 2017, where I was also Master of Ceremonies.πŸƒπŸŒΏ I have since become a prominent speaker at foremost Australian and Global medicinalΒ cannabis conferences, symposiums and summits, discussing the promising therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic intractableΒ pain in the older population.πŸŒ±πŸƒπŸŒΏ I invite you to read this new, hot off the press publication. ✨✨✨ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jppr.1419/abstract ❣️❣️❣️
07:00 PM Feb 21, 2018
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08:06 PM Feb 25, 2018
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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ€Sexuality and dementia”:🌟🌟 Leah Bisiani MHlthSc/Rn1/Dementia Consultant. ✨✨ πŸŒ»πŸŒ»β€Uplifting Dementia” 🌻🌻 Part 4.......✨✨✨✨ Care partners approach and awareness regarding this delicate subject should be handled discreetly and with understanding as many older people may feel uncomfortable discussing sexual needs with anyone unless we ensure the older persons feels at ease.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Many older people don’t approach the topic for β€˜fear of ridicule’ or β€˜blatant dismissal without discussion”.πŸ˜³πŸ˜¬πŸ˜πŸ€πŸ˜΅πŸ€¨πŸ€¨πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒπŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜£πŸ˜£ Suggested, is setting up avenues of communication and assessment, allowing these needs to be evaluated.Β πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Care partner education should be non-judgemental about this issue with clarification that it is truly not a carer or family member right to be disapproving, unless there is a risk of elder abuse or non-consensual sexual relations.πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ It is advised instead, that we generate environments where older people, with or without dementia, are made to feel relaxed and feel free to converse about sexuality.πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»β£οΈβ£οΈπŸ‘πŸ» Thus, it is recommended that care partners be discreet, non-judgemental, and organise the provision of privacy, and any additional needs that may be required, with awareness that there is nothing shameful or perverse about sexual needs, relationships or companionship. πŸ’•πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ˜˜. Staff practices ought to recognise the manifestation of sexuality as a β€˜right’ and should encourage healthy sexual relationships among older people.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 As discussed, sex & sexual needs as we get older are one of the most natural parts of life. πŸ’ƒπŸ»β£οΈπŸ’ƒπŸ»β£οΈπŸ’ƒπŸ»β£οΈπŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬ After all, it is through sex that we are all created is it not?? πŸ’‘πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ‘©πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ‘¨πŸ’πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘©πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨β£οΈπŸ’›β£οΈπŸ’•
01:06 AM Feb 20, 2018
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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ€Sexuality and dementia”:🌟🌟 Leah Bisiani MHlthSc/Rn1/Dementia Consultant. ✨✨ πŸŒ»πŸŒ»β€Uplifting Dementia” 🌻🌻 Part 3.........✨✨✨✨ Removal of choice and rights is disrespectful and dehumanising, may lead to behavioural expression due to needs not being met, and furthermore the exclusion of sexual rights and desires could also be detrimental to positive lifestyle as well as maintenance of personhood and spirit. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Sexuality is a normal part of life and recreation, and there are few persons who do not have sexual relationships throughout adulthood. ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️However, there seems to be countless stereotypical and ageist opinions in relation to sexuality and the older generation, especially those living with dementia.πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ It is as if the general population view people living with dementia as losing their humanity, which is not the case. This attitude distorts the perception of sexuality as people age. When a person reaches 65 their sexual drive doesn’t automatically disappear, never to return again.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‰ By not satisfying this basic need for intimacy and affection, a person with dementia may deteriorate and lose the ability to thrive.πŸ˜”πŸ˜” Becoming older, does not create a situation in which sex drops off the agenda. πŸ˜©πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”Many older people appreciate and enjoy a fulfilling sexual relationship way into old age.πŸ‘πŸ»β£οΈπŸ‘πŸ»β£οΈ A common attitude is one of which care staff or care partners convey attitudes of uneasiness in relation to the handling of circumstances concerning sexual expression by the people they care for.πŸ€”πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€”πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Something for everyone to ponder. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”Get over the visual. πŸ™πŸ»Get over your subjective views. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»Embrace the reality of life. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»After all are we all not in fact, the end result of sex!!!!πŸ€”πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»
10:42 AM Feb 18, 2018
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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ€Sexuality and dementia”:🌟🌟 Leah Bisiani MHlthSc/Rn1/Dementia Consultant. ✨✨ πŸŒ»πŸŒ»β€Uplifting Dementia” 🌻🌻 Part 2...........✨✨✨✨ Continuation of routines and preferences seem practical, but many care partners do not understand the negative and destructive impact related to removal of choice from the life of a person living with dementia. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” This could be extremely disturbing, creating distress and agitation, leading a person living with dementia towards feeling lost and alone within their reality with no sense of security.πŸ˜©πŸ˜©πŸ˜”πŸ˜” Hence it is crucial that care partners appreciate the need for continuation of habits, preferences and choices, as this then β€œenables” instead of β€œdisables” a person, and obviously they will then experience less trauma related to such a significant change within their life. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈ This then upholds a more dignified and respectful environment for the person living with dementia.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Affection and intimacy is a normal natural human need from the moment we are born and throughout our entire life journey.❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ This encompasses the giving and receiving of love, touching with affection, compassionate understanding, companionship, comfort in times of need and emotional security in relationships.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ The necessity for familiarity and intimacy is an essential and significant aspect to the lives of most living beings, and people living with dementia continue to need loving, secure relationships, interactions and tactile experience.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
08:21 AM Feb 17, 2018
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08:06 PM Feb 25, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 26.......✨ All people living with dementia deserve to live a life where depression is not considered the β€œnorm”, so they are not unfairly sentenced to a life living with dementia that is overwhelmed by depression. 🌟🌟🌟 Instead let us do whatever we can enable them to live in this world, as happy, joyful, fulfilled individuals, whose quality of life does not have to decline because they live with dementia. πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ» People living with dementia can in fact lead just as wonderful existence as we can until the end of their lives, if unhampered by depression. ✨✨✨✨ It is only different to our perception of what we β€œthink” life should be at this time of our life. 🌻🌻🌻 It is our responsibility as health care professionals to identify the serious issue of depression and acknowledge that depression is fighting for superiority over dementia – having dementia does not have to be the end of the road if we just understood how depression impacts negatively in quality of life and ensure it is treated in an acceptable manner. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Depression is NOT a symptom of dementia but an insidious condition that destroys quality of life. 😫😫😫😫 Together we cannot allow depression to win this battle. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
01:11 AM Feb 7, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 25.........✨ Conclusion:🌟🌟 From this study, it was possible to examine the high and unacceptable incidence of undiagnosed and untreated depression in people living with dementia, with the additional distressing fact and indication that misdiagnosis of dementia as a primary diagnosis, was also demonstrated.πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” With effective tools and routine investigations, commenced at the onset of any new diagnosis, or at time of change in lifestyle such as an admission into a RACF, continued regularly, it is possible to not only identify this problem, but resolve it.πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Resolution of a depression then allows further, more specific, examination of a person’s individual needs to be undertaken so that their true presentation is no longer masked by the depression, which had provided a false view of their specific needs up until this point.🌟 With accurate cognitive, functional, physical, cultural and spiritual needs additionally assessed and implemented, this enables individualized care plans to be initiated, promoting maximized quality of life and care. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
12:09 AM Feb 6, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 24............✨ Results:🌟🌟🌟🌟 In continuing to examine the results of the data collection, it was also possible to further evaluate the figures:✨ Within a 12-month time frame there was a massive reduction in the following figures: ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ 1. All people living with dementia who had been identified with depression showed a significant improvement on their mini-mental results with an increase between 3-14 points, depending on the type of dementia and progression. This is not a miraculous cure but proof on how depression masks a persons true presentation!!!!!!!πŸ€”πŸ€­πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ§‘πŸ§‘ 2. Behavioural expression declined or disappeared altogether and was only apparent if a person’s needs were not met, or they had an infection and were then acutely delirious. πŸ€”πŸ€”This demonstrates again how crucial it is to understand individual needs and ensure they are provided to maintain personhood, self worth and self esteem. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» 3. Reduction in falls was due to the alleviation of the combination of low mood, higher levels of confusion and cognitive decline that were a result of depression and not related to living with dementia. Untreated depression affects physical ability!!!!πŸ€”πŸ€” 4. Anti-anxiety, anti psychotic medications as well as sedatives were not being given to any people, except as a last resort as in a PRN. Meeting the needs of a person and understanding them as an individual is the answer to care. Drugging people because we don’t understand them or for behaviour WE trigger is never acceptable and causes deterioration, which is considered β€œelder abuse” in my eyes. Over medicating also exacerbates depression and all the symptoms that were successfully abated during this study. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
06:23 PM Feb 4, 2018
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08:06 PM Feb 25, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 22.........✨ Treatment cont:🌟🌟 Converting ill being to well being cont:✨✨ Area’s that people will feel comfortable in, not intimidated by the space, and small enough for anyone to walk around comfortably without stress, are paramount. πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» A persons room needs to have little clutter, as this can become confusing.😊😊 However, advised, is to set the room up prior to admission, with personal and sentimental items that immediately put that person at ease.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Family photos’, are wonderful, especially if named.πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§πŸ’ Pictures, an old favourite chair, special possessions, will put any person at ease.Β  As far as decor, greens and blues on the walls are calming for people who are depressed and/or live with dementia, and the senses allow these colours to affect mood in a positive way.πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™ All of these interventions, plus many more, are effective in reducing or resolving depression in the life of a person living with dementia.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Every single individual is different and will be affected differently by their specific disease or condition and the processes of each. πŸ€”πŸ€” Once the depression has been dealt with, it is then possible to identify if the causes of the memory/functional and physical disability in a person has been the result of depression only, or dementia with a depression superimposed on the top of it.πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ§πŸ§ If the person is not exhibiting any cognitive deficit once the depression has been resolved, then it is possible to say that dementia is not apparent.πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ€”πŸ€” In this case, if this person has had a primary diagnosis of dementia, and there has actually been an undiagnosed depression diagnosis, then a misdiagnosis has been made.😱😱😱😨 Use of the MMSE at this stage is advisable.πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
01:34 AM Feb 3, 2018
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Offline guys for 6 days as I am going on my annual sabbatical to Rainbow Serpent, Australia’s most magical, joyful and spectacular dance festival. πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸŒ»πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸŒˆβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ We shall be running amok in the Aussie bush, laughing , dancing, embracing the diversity and just getting off the merry-go-round. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No service so we are truly cut off in our little bubble of enchantment and bliss. See ya when I’m back. Xxβ£οΈβ£οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸŒˆ
10:35 PM Jan 24, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 21.......✨ Treatment cont:🌟🌟 Converting ill being to well being cont:✨✨ Many family members feel that they are unable to communicate with their relatives because they believe they have changed so much. πŸ˜£πŸ’›What they don’t realise is cognitive changes do not ever take away a person. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»There are just changes like in any condition. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈThis stereotype is unfair and assumes removal of the place a person holds in the world which is not an acceptable viewpoint. 😞☹️ It is our responsibility to assist people living with dementia to understand that this is not the end of the road, and β€˜enable’ instead of disable them, by archaic attitudes that create stigma.πŸ™πŸ» If we can open a care partners mind to what is occurring to their client/relative/friend, then we help reopen the 2 way communication once again between people who love or care for each other. This is incredibly important when people have a significant past together.❣️❣️❣️ 6. Environment:🌟🌟 When establishing a home for a person suffering a depression and living with dementia, it is necessary to be aware that the environment plays a major part in how someone feels and reacts to what is around them.πŸ€” Wide spaces, long corridors, and huge rooms are intimidating and can be frightening.😞😞 A major problem is negotiating how to get from your little safe spot amongst all that space, to another area that seems too difficult to reach. 😣😣 The person who is depressed is most likely not going to bother moving at all, as it takes too long, is too much effort and if dementia is also an issue, then may have sequencing issues that do not allow them to effectively work out step by step how to get to the other side of the room.😣😣 Thus, small comfortable spaces are ideal. πŸŒŸπŸ’œπŸŒŸπŸ’œπŸŒŸπŸ’œπŸŒŸπŸ’œ ✨✨(NB: Apologies. I go on annual leave tomoz and won’t have radio service or range in the middle of the Aussie Bush.β˜€οΈ The 2nd half of this series shall occur in about a week guys- enjoy the anticipation......keep smiling). Xx❣️❣️❣️
09:15 PM Jan 24, 2018
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08:06 PM Feb 25, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 19.........✨ Treatment cont:🌟🌟🌟 Converting ill being to well being cont:✨⚑️✨⚑️ 3. Consider hobbies and interests specific to that person cont:✨✨✨✨ During the later stage of dementia, the visual spacial aspect may be affected, but this will usually not affect responses to visual stimulation. πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘πŸ‘ It just means that the person is unable to see beyond what is close to them.πŸ‘πŸ‘€πŸ‘πŸ‘€ So, the stimulation needs to be brought within their range.πŸ‘πŸ» Colour is an amazing way of stimulating someone with dementia.πŸŒˆπŸ§‘πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’™β€οΈ Introduction of bright colour instantly uplifts someone, and makes them feel happiness and joy.πŸ’›πŸ§‘β€οΈπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œβ£οΈ Imagine looking at a rainbow, as opposed to a grey puddle, and the difference in the feelings that it brings forth are incredible.πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ Solid blocks of colour are more effective, as busy patterns can confuse and provide over stimulation. 😩😩Eg. Flowery placemats can be a problem, because if you place a plate of food on a busy placemat, all the colours and patterns will converge, and it will be difficult to decipher what is what.🀭 Touch we have discussed in communication and how beneficial it is.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» People with dementia also love to feel different textures, so having tactile wall hangings on the walls, shiny, smooth, fluffy etc. mean that walking around can be an exciting experience if there are loads of wonderful objects to touch and feel, and rub.πŸŒ»πŸ’™βš‘οΈπŸŽΌπŸΆπŸ±β˜˜οΈπŸŒΏ This also uplifts people and puts them in a happy place, which is our aim.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Beautiful aromatherapy, cooking odours from the kitchen, all stimulate smell and if they are associated with past positive memories, like lavender or a home roast, then the smells may improve mood. 🍞πŸ₯–πŸ”πŸ•πŸ—πŸ“πŸŠπŸͺHearing obviously is an area that is stimulated in communication, music, singing, conversation, so these areas also should be explored so that the resident can benefit from this sense as well.🎼🎼 (Ps. All these people living with dementia were residing in my facility and all were diagnosed with advanced dementia, or varying types). πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸŒ»πŸŒ»πŸ§‘
05:36 PM Jan 22, 2018
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πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 18.......✨ Treatment cont: Converting ill being to well being cont:🌟🌟🌟 3. Consider hobbies and interests specific to that person cont:🌻🌻🌻 Exercise has many positives in those who are depressed and live with dementia.πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸŠπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈ It may be difficult to prompt someone who is extremely depressed and withdrawn to attend exercise, but you can begin with passive exercise that you initiate and assist with.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» As the depression is treated, more physical and active exercise can be included slowly into the lives of a person.πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ» The incredible thing about exercise is that it may seem like a drag at first, but immediately after a session, people usually feel uplifted, energized and happy.🌟🌟🌟 The benefits are astounding, as not only does it improve mental health, but strength, muscle tone, balance and flexibility.πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻 All these results stimulate positive emotion and pride in their achievement.πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ The exercise does not have to be exhausting and unattainable; each person can do it at their own pace, depending on their physical and mental ability. πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» Tai chi, physiotherapy and yoga, that cater towards the elderly, make a huge difference and improve lifestyle dramatically.🌈🌈 4. Sensory stimulation: πŸ’œπŸ§‘πŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸŒ»πŸŒŸβ˜€οΈPeople who have severe depression and cognitive decline, are sometimes unable to fully communicate as effectively as they would like to, or to maintain attention and interest.😣😣 However, there has been many advances in the use of sensory stimulation.🌈🌈🌟🌟🌺🌺 It makes sense when you examine that with dementia, as cognition deteriorates progressively, the senses are often retained. ☺️☺️☺️ This of course does not include the general signs of ageing in which sight, hearing etc. can be affected in varying degrees.Β πŸ‘‚πŸ»πŸ‘€πŸ‘πŸ‘“ However, dementia and depression do not actually impair these areas significantly until the later stages. πŸ§‘πŸ’œπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒ»πŸŒ»πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ
01:12 PM Jan 21, 2018
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@uplifting_dementia
πŸ–€πŸ’šDepression versus DementiaπŸ’šπŸ–€: 🌟Leah Bisiani - MHlthSc/Dementia Consultant/RN1🌟 βœ¨βœ¨β€Uplifting Dementiaβ€βœ¨βœ¨ ✨✨Part 17......✨ Treatment cont:🌟🌟 Converting ill being to well being cont:✨✨✨ 3. Consider hobbies and interests specific to that person:πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨ It is necessary to do some thorough investigation into a person’s preferences and choices related to activity, as it is pointless and futile introducing new activities into someone’s life if they do not have any interest in them, and never have.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’œ Speaking to the person and family, allows us to identify the area’s that may be most successful in assisting a person to rise from a depression.Β πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Bringing in activity that has always been enjoyed is very positive and can be fun, but we must be mindful that we may need to simplify these activities if the person is unable to manage them as they did prior to the depression or dementia.☺️ It is not difficult to do – for instance: A gentleman who was a carpenter may be very happy to sit with a basket of nuts and bolts and tools. He may easily be quite satisfied with this as it brings back wonderful memories.Β  Easy activities that have been part of a persons life like painting, clay work, knitting, collages etc. are not difficult to set up, nor to participate in.🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 Many people, regardless of dementia and depression, enjoy art in the craft room. Their pictures are hung on the walls, everyone makes a huge fuss about how wonderful they are, and the pride again wins for the day. Music therapy is something that most people respond favourably to, and it does not require much effort nor participation.🎢🎢🎢🎡 Music speaks to the of most of us in some way soul and people living with dementia will sit and smile and clap their hands even if they cannot dance as energetically or sing as loudly as they used to. πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»βœ¨βœ¨πŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ Music speaks to people in a way most other activity may not and does not challenge cognition at all or make people feel inadequate. Always be mindful of the music a person PREFERS and not what we prefer them to listen to. This is a very individualised area and must be respected. 🎢🎢🎢🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟
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