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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s? Contrary to popular belief, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not the same, although both terms are often used interchangeably. The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease Dementia is an umbrella...

What is Dementia?

What is Dementia?

It’s normal for your memory to be affected by stress, tiredness, illnesses and certain medicines. However, if you’re over the age of 65 and are becoming increasingly forgetful and confused, then it may be a good idea to talk to your GP about the early signs of...

The ‘D’ Word – UK Health Radio Interview

The ‘D’ Word – UK Health Radio Interview

The 'D' Word is the UK's only dementia based radio show. Talking to experts and people living with dementia, presenter Pete Hill aims to raise the profile of the condition that affects 50 million people across the globe. The radio programme is listened to around the...

5 Stimulating Things to Do to Help Someone with Dementia.

5 Stimulating Things to Do to Help Someone with Dementia.

If you love someone living with dementia you will know how tricky it can be to get the balance right when it comes to helping with cognitively stimulating activities. But with a bit of thought and preparation, you can add activities into the day that will help people...

Virtual CST- Watch a Session

Virtual CST- Watch a Session

We usually run weekly workshops in 5 areas in Cornwall. After lockdown was announced we moved quickly to get as many of our beneficiaries online as we could. By the second week of lockdown most groups had an online option with support from the team to get them online....

Helping Someone with Dementia to Stay Mentally Active

Helping Someone with Dementia to Stay Mentally Active

Learn the key principles to cognitive stimulation to help loved ones stay mentally active whilst staying at home. We have spent the last ten years working with people living with dementia on keeping mentally active. There is definitely something in the idea of 'use it...

Getting Good Life Balance Whilst Staying at Home

Getting Good Life Balance Whilst Staying at Home

We have been asked if there is anything we can do to help you fill the days during isolation. Whilst some people are happy to just go with the flow and see what happens during the day, others are looking for some direction to engage in activity. Some people feel...

Do something novel to keep your brain fit today!

Do something novel to keep your brain fit today!

Experiencing something new creates the ‘Novelty response’ in the brain. Our hippocampus jumps into action as soon as we engage with something novel. Our brains are activated by anything we haven’t experienced before as it is hard-wired to become alert. This is thought...

Why do I forget names?

Why do I forget names?

I have just come back from one of our lottery funded public talks 'How to remember things better' at Truro library. It was great fun and the room was full of friendly people who just want their memories to work better! Don't we all! there was some hilarity that I was...

10 Healthy Brain Habits you can do today…

10 Healthy Brain Habits you can do today…

1. Get up and go to be bed early. 2. Drink a whole glass of water as soon as you get up. 3. Write 3 things you are grateful for. 4. Do something that makes you sweat. 5. Wear clothes that make you feel good, no matter what you are doing. 6. Tidy up. Keep your space...

Are Mandalas Good For The Brain?

Are Mandalas Good For The Brain?

I wasn't that long ago that I had become a little obsessed with mandalas. I even attempted to convince Kate (my co-director) that Memory Matters could have a little rebrand and become Mandala Matters instead, with a marvellous mandala logo. She said "no" A mandala is...

Who’s Driving?

Who’s Driving?

Another great Insight from Memory Matters Trainer Phillippa Hodge through having coffee with her friend who lives with dementia.

Who’s Behaviour is Challenging Anyway?

Who’s Behaviour is Challenging Anyway?

Memory Matters’ Trainer Phillippa Hodge tells us about her experience with her friend John and how her willingness to learn how the world may look from his perspective helped those around him to communicate more effectively.