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Dementia victims 'written off by pessimism

jimbo 111

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Jan 23, 2009
North Bucks
Dementia victims 'written off by pessimism

Dementia victims 'written off by families': Relatives and care staff found to be too pessimistic about activities sufferers can manage which could worse the condition

Professor Moyle, of Griffiths University in Queensland, said: ‘Maintaining quality of life for people with dementia living in long-term care is important, as there is no cure for this prevalent condition.
‘When people with dementia go into long-term care, there is a belief that they will be more engaged in activities and will experience an improved quality of life. This unfortunately is not always the case.
‘Given that leisure activities are proven to be related to the overall quality of life of this group, then there needs to be a concerted look at how this can be improved.’
Previous British research has shown that ballroom dancing lessons improve the mood and behaviour of care home residents with dementia.
Studies also show that getting together and chatting about bygone days can boost brainpower.
It is thought that swapping stories in a group makes use of parts of the brain that might otherwise lie dormant.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ers-manage-worse-condition.html#ixzz3tLLtjAUy