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‘My friend in the mirror’: reflections are not always frightening in dementia

Posted on Mon 17th Sep, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

  Different responses to reflection reinforce the need for choice   We have covered the issue of the fear of reflection for people with dementia several times on the blog and detailed how distressing it can be to not recognise your reflection as yourself. The distress usually stems from believing that person to be a stranger but it doesn’t necessarily affect all people with deme...

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Well-designed layouts key goals of good dementia care

Posted on Fri 14th Sep, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  John Cresswell, MD of Focus on Dementia, recently posted the following question on LinkedIn:   “Can somebody please tell me what good dementia care should look like?”    To get the discussion started he suggested a number of areas that he proposed we should be striving for: “Trained staff with knowledge, clean surroundings and dining experiences,  ...

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Book based on photographic therapy for people with dementia wins prestigious award

Posted on Fri 24th Aug, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  A French visual artist, Laurence Aëgerter, has been awarded the Author Book Award at the Recontres D’Arles, a prestigious international photography festival, for her book Photographic Treatment – a series of pairs of photos juxtaposed to provoke a positive response in people with dementia.   Aëgerter first realised the potential of images during a session with ...

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Form follows function: how designers need to consider visuoperceptual practicalities over aesthetics when designing care homes

Posted on Thu 23rd Aug, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  ‘Form follows function’ is a mantra that designers and architects have lived by for over 100 years since it was coined by architect Louis Henry Sullivan in 1896. In simple terms it means that functionality should always be the primary driver for any design and aesthetic ‘form’ comes second – if design is not fit for purpose then it doesn’t work.   ...

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Could blue plates help people with dementia eat better?

Posted on Fri 20th Jul, 2018 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

  A hospital in North Wales has introduced blue plates for patients with dementia in a bid to help them eat more. (See the article here). The strongly coloured plates are designed to contrast with the food placed on it to enable people affected by visuoperception issues (that are common in dementia) to see the food properly and recognise that it should be eaten.   The theory is that i...

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