(Source: Alzheimer’s Society – UK)
“Achieving personal goals can help people in the early stages of dementia manage their condition, Alzheimer’s Society research has found.
Researchers at Bangor University, Wales found that people who received cognitive rehabilitation felt their performance of daily activities improved. Carers of those receiving the treatment also noted an improvement in their own quality of life.
Cognitive rehabilitation is a treatment where people with dementia work with health professionals to identify personal goals and develop strategies for achieving them. Goals were tailored to the participants’ specific needs and included things such as remembering details of jobs to be done around the house, maintaining concentration when cooking, learning to use a mobile phone and remembering the names of people at an exercise class. The cognitive rehabilitation group said they saw an improvement in their ability to carry out all of the chosen activities.”
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia, you might consider setting some short term goals – that can be measured and realistically completed. Small steps works best!