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November 2017

Holiday Greetings from Dementia Connections

Where did 2017 go? The holiday season is here already! As we gather to celebrate with our families and friends, let’s keep our loved ones with dementia included, loved and honoured.
 
If we can ‘step into the shoes’ of a loved one with dementia, and imagine what it must be like to be becoming deeply forgetful, it will help us to appreciate how confusing the festive season can be. Let’s plan visits and gatherings so that our loved ones feel safe and loved. This article shares valuable advice for family gatherings.
 
It’s a busy time of year, so here are ‘five of the best’
posts from my Facebook page this month. I hope you find them inspiring and encouraging.

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Happy holidays and enjoy the read!
Nurtured by Nature
Those who care for our loved ones with dementia need to be cared for too. This month I had the pleasure of sharing Nature’s gifts of peace, beauty and renewal with staff members from Huis Ina Rens, an elder care home in Paarl.
Do you know a group of carers who would love to be Nurtured by Nature?
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Create a playlist
Here’s a gift idea that will keep on giving. Ask family and friends to help you create a playlist of music from your loved one’s life – starting with childhood.
Music stimulates memories and gets us singing and dancing. It’s a great way to bring joy this holiday season.
Check out this Hot Tip | Cool Idea.
Sharing our gifts
When a person has dementia, we tend to focus on what is being lost. But they still have gifts to share with us. Mum shared her gift of music throughout her dementia journey, and the acknowledgement she received was really important to her. What gifts – old and new – does your loved one bring, and how are they acknowledged?
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Dementia and the brain
Dementia touches us on many levels – from the physical to the spiritual. This article describes some of the changes taking place in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Appreciating these physical changes may help us as care partners to be more understanding.
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The Songaminute Man
Teddy Mac has a marvellous voice and was an entertainer all his life. His son Simon started recording them singing together in the car, and their YouTube videos went viral!
Despite his worsening dementia, a record of Teddy singing his favourite songs has been produced. Here’s one of their many YouTube videos.
Dementia Connections – What We Offer
 
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  • Life coaching & workshops to support the loved ones of people living with dementia
  • Nature-connection workshops for those who care for people living with dementia
  • Public speaking that inspires and encourages those who love and care for people living with dementia 
Inspiring and enabling people affected by dementia to stay connected to life, love and meaning.
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Alice Ashwell | educator & life coach

support & education for those who love & care for people living with dementia
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