I’m in the final stages of a subject on rehabilitation and dementia, and this Wordle was one of the last activities for our online weekly activities. It was wonderful to be learning a course that promotes rehabilitation for the elderly and for people with dementia, but it is curious it is not actually happening for people with dementia in clinical practice.
In keeping with the latest research it is important, in the same way it is for nay other disease, that we take care of our physical and emotional health, and rehab can play a huge part in improving the quality of life for people with dementia, and may slow down the progression of the disease.
I certainly believe exercise and other non pharmacological and positive psychosocial interventions for people with dementia, does slow down the progression of dementia, with or without evidence based research to prove it.
Anyone who exercises regularly will know the psychological and physical benefits of it. By exercise I don’t mean marathon running, but more therapeutic rehab interventions such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, simple balancing exercises, yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, walking, swimming, and even something as simple as having fun.
These are the things that have great potential to improve well being and quality of life people with dementia; add in care being provided in a truly authentic person centred way, the experience of dementia, and outcomes for those diagnosed and their loved ones will be vastly more positive. Add into the mix respectful language and my list of 20 things not to say or do to a person with dementia, people with dementia will experience a far more positive and improved service or care.