Videos about dementia

Hester's Perspective

How can we make the world more beautiful for people living with dementia and the people around them? What do not many people know about dementia and apathy, but that everyone should know? And what issues are we still struggling with? Dr. Hester Anderiesen Le Riche, founder of Tover and creator of the Tovertafel, shares her views in the series: Hester's Perspective.

1. Apathy: the biggest challenge

Inactivity, and in the later stages – apathy – is the biggest challenge for people living with dementia. Providing the right amount of stimulation when caring for them can be very difficult. ‘Taking initiative’ has to come from other people. So how does apathy occur and how can you break through it?

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2. Physical activity to break through apathy

Physical activity plays an important role in breaking through apathy. It’s important to choose the right activities that fit an individual’s capabilities. How can you best use movement to break through apathy?

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3. Social interaction to break through apathy

Social interaction is essential in order to stimulate people with dementia to a level that meets their needs. Such as contact with other residents, family members and (professional) carers. What are the effects of this person-to-person contact?

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4. Mental challenge and emotions

In addition to social interaction and physical activity, mental and emotional stimulation are important ways to break through apathy. It’s crucial to make sure that the chosen activity aligns with the stage of dementia for that specific individual. What’s the best way to handle this?

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5. Dementia and COVID-19

COVID-19 and the measures set as a result of the virus have had a major impact on healthcare institutions and their residents. From visitors being restricted altogether, to having limited access, residents have ultimately missed out on valuable contact with their loved ones.

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