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Could Creativity Help Stave off Dementia?

Sharon Kaye

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A new study in Neurology has pointed towards creative activities helping to reduce memory issues if they are carried out into old age. They found that people who regularly engage in artistic hobbies, such as painting, sculpting or knitting, were less likely to have memory problems that can lead onto dementia further down the line. It’s good to know that there are things we can do to prevent dementia as it currently cannot be cured, once a person has it.

Often people stop prioritising time for their passions or hobbies once they have graduated because they are trying to focus on their careers and are having to work long hours. However, it is important for the brain to be carrying out different types of activities as well as the things we are doing in our day job, because this helps to stimulate the different parts of our brain.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote about the ‘Flow Theory’ being the key to happiness. He believed that taking part in hobbies that you enjoy takes your mind into a state of ‘flow’, which means that you can only focus on the activity that you are engaged in, thus keeping at bay any thoughts of worry or anxiety. Make sure you try to put time aside at least once a week for those things that get your blood flowing and wake up your brain! Click here for more information on this study.

Contented Dementia

Sharon Kaye

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The SPECAL method is a way of working and interacting with people who have dementia that looks at the condition as a lifelong disability that we can work positively with, rather than trying to resist or defeat it. The method was created by an independent charitable trust called Contented Dementia Trust who hold an innovative approach to caring for people with dementia.

The method is about finding a better understanding of what dementia is by looking at it from the point of view of the person with the condition. It is personalised around the type of dementia that the individual suffers from and can be accessible to anyone in their lives that they have regular contact with.

The method aims to bring back a state of wellbeing for the person, one which they can maintain for the rest of their lives. The trust has a vision to create a world where the diagnosis of dementia is no longer misunderstood or feared and that people with dementia can live a life as close to that of the life they would have lived before their diagnosis. Click here to find out more.

 

How to Combat Isolation

Sharon Kaye

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Isolation is becoming an increasing problem that the elderly in the UK are facing. As people grow older their support network or community can start to dwindle as friends pass away or move and families start their own busy lives that they can get sucked into.

Along with deteriorating mobility which can lead to facing challenges when it comes to getting out in the community and maybe a lack of transport, support or even motivation; these people are becoming trapped at home with no human connection at all.

All these factors can lead to a decline in their mental and also physical health and can eventually lead to loneliness or depression. There are, however, solutions to tackling loneliness in these older people’s lives and most of the time it is just a matter of discovering all the many services that are available out there to help them.

Merely connecting with a new community of friends or being able to reach out to a family member could be the key to eliminating isolation from their life. Click here for more advice on how to put these solutions into practice.