Celebrations and dementia

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Holidays, celebrations and festive occasions can be stressful at the best of times. For people living with dementia, the changes in routine and extra sensory demands can be overwhelming.  Finding time before the occasion to think through how to create a dementia-friendly environment and how family traditions can be adjusted to accommodate a person living with dementia mean that the entire family can enjoy coming together.


Dementia Australia – Tips for holiday cheer        

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A better visit’ is a free to download app for iPads featuring a range of two-player games designed to enhance communication and facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.

The App is designed to help families have a ‘Better Visit’ with their family member living in residential care. Often family members struggle to interact and engage with a family member who no longer recognises them. This application assists with engaging the family members and results in a ‘Better Visit’ for everyone.

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travelling and holidays with dementiaTravelling and holidays with dementia

Although living with dementia may make holidays more complex, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these plans need to be put aside.

The Travelling and holidays with dementia booklet provides a summary of the key issues surrounding travelling and holidaying when living with dementia, and it provides a number of useful tips which will assist you to have an enjoyable holiday.

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friends and family matterFamily and friends matter

The family and friends matter booklet reinforces the importance of family, friendship and social connection for people living with dementia and provides strategies and ideas to help an individual engage and maintain their relationship with a family member or friend who has developed dementia.

 


christmas1Preparing for Christmas with dementia

When preparing for Christmas, make sure you set your limits early, stick to them and be clear about them with others. You do not have to live up to the expectations of friends or relatives.

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gifts1Creative ideas for people with dementia during the festive period

Creative activities can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. They can also help us regain a sense of self. People with dementia can also enjoy creative gift making and activities.

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christmas2How to celebrate Christmas with a person with dementia

A case study of how one couple navigate the christmas season. Hopefully, their strategies will suggest things other families can do for a better Christmas.

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Travelling well with dementia

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‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.’ —  Susan Sontag

Travelling and going on holidays plays an important role in many of our lives. Although living with dementia may make holidays more complex, it doesn’t necessarily mean these plans need to be put aside.


Booklet : Travelling and holidays with dementia / Alzheimer’s Australia, 2016

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This guide has been developed by Alzheimer’s Australia for people with dementia, their families, carers and friends, as well as for health professionals.
It provides a summary of the key issues surrounding travelling and holidaying when living with dementia and provides the reader with a number of tips for an enjoyable holiday.
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Ensuring a smooth journey_coverEnsuring a Smooth Journey: A Guide to Brisbane Airport for People Living with Dementia and their Travel Companions (2017)

Australia has its first dementia-friendly airport, Brisbane Airport, thanks to collaboration between airport staff, researchers and dementia advocates. This guide  aims to make the experience of navigating through Brisbane Airport’s domestic and international terminals as simple, stress free and enjoyable as possible.
Importantly the guide also provides information about other airports around the world and general information applicable to all air travel.    Download the guide


travelblogpost_nswBlog post: Tips for travelling with a person with dementia

Imelda Gilmore shares her reflections of travelling with her partner Graham

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diagnosed-with-alzheimersBook chapter: Swaffer, Kate and Low, Lee-Fay (2016). Travel and dementia. In: Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. London: New Holland, p.191-195.

This chapter covers, planning, accommodation, packing and insurance as well as other wisdom learned by the author in her travels.

 


ajdc bannerArticle:Making air travel easier for people with dementia / Australian Journal of Dementia Care August 2016

Until now, there’s been very little research on the issue of air travel for people with dementia. Maria O’Reilly and Nicole Shepherd are exploring the issue from the perspective of people with dementia, their carers, airport staff and flight crews, to develop guidelines and resources that will make air travel easier. Read article


blog_travel_image_airportReport – ABC Radio National:Airlines unprepared for increasing number of travellers with dementia

With a record number of people over 65 flying domestically and internationally, the number of passengers with dementia is steadily on the rise— posing safety concerns and questions about the rights of people with disabilities. Full report


 

airport_checkinFlying with dementia or memory problems

Following on from the ABC report above this travel site gives specific details about various relevant airline policies as well as  other procedural items that go hand in hand with air travel. Read post