Mo the cat sits on mum, on the sofa, in the living room

Mo the Cat: Value of Pets for People with Dementia

One morning recently, I overheard mum saying to the carer, “I should be able to get washed and dressed myself,” before bursting into tears. The carer was sensitive and supportive, and mum was soon dressed and ready for the day. But, sitting in the living room a little later, she was still feeling fragile and … Continue reading Mo the Cat: Value of Pets for People with Dementia

New Course for Family Carers of People with Dementia

It’s been several weeks since I attended a valuable and engaging programme for carers of people living with dementia. It is a new initiative, and this was the first in a series of pilot courses run by Dementia Carers Count. Since the three-day programme, that took place in a comfortable hotel in Swindon, I have been … Continue reading New Course for Family Carers of People with Dementia

Tackling Anxiety and Depression

Mum often suffers high levels of anxiety and becomes very tearful and down.  These strong emotional states are getting worse, and seem heightened following her change of room at the care home. I still haven't managed to unearth the core elements that will enable me to develop a 'Contented Dementia' plan, described in previous posts. … Continue reading Tackling Anxiety and Depression

Mum and me at Bryngarw Country Park

Finding the Contented Dementia formula

Last Friday, mum burst into tears when I arrived at the care home. She was upset about not being able to pay for lunch, having accumulated debts, and having to rely on others. Lunch is included and she’s not in debt, but yes, she is relying on others. Through her tears, she explained that her … Continue reading Finding the Contented Dementia formula

Mum and I at the local pub, Horse and Groom.

Introduction to Julia’s dementia blog

My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 2015 following a series of mini strokes that meant she no longer recognized the home she had lived in for twenty years. Following the move to a care home, I have been trying to learn how to make her days less anxious than they invariably are. … Continue reading Introduction to Julia’s dementia blog