Power – love – justice

Just saw this quote from Dr Martin Luther King Jr

“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands in the way of love.” 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
What does justice demand in your life? Is it to remedy the excess disability  of a person with dementia so they can feel their own mind again?
Bernie

Behaviour is not a disease

Behaviour is not a disease. It is a way of communicating our inner experience when we interact with the world around us. In dementia care behaviour is often treated as though it is a disease. “She’s got behaviour” as if she has some terrible disease. We pathologise normal behaviour and make it into some form of illness. We also ignore some problem situations that we should take more seriously such as withdrawal, anxiety, repetitive questioning or people intruding into other people’s space.

Wellbeing is the goal and respectful, warm relationship is the means to that end. Treat people as human beings – not as some ill object to be washed, pumped, fed, wiped and kept seated.

People with dementia are no different to you and me. When was the last time your brain let you down?

Bernie

 

 

BDNF from CSF linked to Cog Impairment in late life depression

Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) has been linked to cognitive impairment in people with late life depression. The study conducted by Breno Diniz and team from Federal University, Brazil, and published this month in The Journal of Gerontology Series B, is the first study to link BDNF from cerebrospinal fluid with cognitive impairment (CI) and late life depression (LLD). Other studies have found inconclusive links but this study uses CSF which because of its close relationship with the brain tissue indicates a clear relationship with cognitive impairment. The study used three groups of participants who each had a spinal tap (ouch) to obtain the CSF. One group was a Control and the other two groups were those with Late Life Depression and No Cognitive Impairment and the third group had Late Life Depression and Cognitive Impairment. The Control group had the highest level of BSNF, the LLD No Cognitive Impairment group had next lowest and the LLD Cognitive Impairment group had the lowest levels of BDNF.

The meaning of this is that it indicates that BDNF is not only present in lower quantities in those with cognitive impairment but that late life depression works as an intermediary, causing a vulnerability to cognitive impairment. This is suggested to be due to reducing the number of active neurons, thus creating the vulnerability to diseases such as Alzheimer’s etc..

BDNF is known for its link with exercise and cognitive function, ie it is released following vigorous exercise and memory and other cognitive funcitons improve. It is clearly an important factor in overall functioning.

So if you exercise you will improve your mood and your cognitive function! Simple huh?

New questionnaire to identify best dementia carers

We are developing a new instrument to help identify those people who are best suited to caring for people living with dementia.

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It is a special role and requires particular abilities. Family members do not get a choice about caring for their loved one but people who choose to work in long-term care or home care must be the most suitable people we can have for people who are most vulnerable.

This questionnaire is Step 1 in the process. It is a large questionnaire which we will shorten to about 40-60 statements in the next step.

It is anonymous and all details that identify individuals will be separated from the grouped information.

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Can you help us by taking about 30 minutes of your time to respond to the questions and statements? There are also some photos of faces with various emotional expressions. See if you can pick which emotion is displayed on each face.

Your participation in this first step will be a significant contribution to ensuring people with dementia are cared for by the most suitable people.

Please pass this request on to as many people as you can think of that might be interested and have 30 minutes to spare.

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Thank you so much for considering this request. If you have any questions please contact Bernie McCarthy at bernie@mccarthypsychology.com.au

 

New Diploma of Dementia Care Leadership

Today was an eye opener, although I work in this industry for the last 9 years, it was quite overwhelming to be confronted with the feelings I experienced today.I am looking forward to the next 12 months, hoping to bring a lot of confidence into work and make changes that really matter to the lives of our residents.” – student of our diploma intake September 2014 about our Dementia Experience on Day One.

This new nationally recognised qualification is for dementia care leaders to build skills for leadership in modern dementia care and to learn contemporary knowledge of dementia.

To find out more about this unique learning experience go to www.mccarthylearning.com for our course information brochure for our March 2015 intake. Places limited to 15.

New Diploma of Dementia Care Leadership

Today was an eye opener, although I work in this industry for the last 9 years, it was quite overwhelming to be confronted with the feelings I experienced today.I am looking forward to the next 12 months, hoping to bring a lot of confidence into work and make changes that really matter to the lives of our residents.” – student of our diploma intake September 2014 about our Dementia Experience on Day One.

This new nationally recognised qualification is for dementia care leaders to build skills for leadership in modern dementia care and to learn contemporary knowledge of dementia.

To find out more about this unique learning experience go to www.mccarthylearning.com for our course information brochure for our March 2015 intake. Places limited to 15.

Open to Australian and international students

A story of two wolves

The wolf you feed… | Catapult Events

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me”, he said to the boy…

“It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.

One is evil.

He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego”.

He continued…

The other is good.

He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you… and inside every other person, too”.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather…

“Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied…

“The one you feed”.

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