Living Well

    Living well

    We believe that supporting a person’s psychological, social, spiritual, emotional and physical needs is the key to a good life.

    There is growing research that psycho-social and non-pharmacological (ie non-drug) approaches can make an enormous contribution to the wellbeing of a person with dementia.

    Psycho-social approaches

    Psycho-social approaches are based on supporting psychological and social wellbeing.

    Examples of psycho-social approaches that Sonas apc has delivered training in include: the Sonas programme (ongoing), the adaptation of the Montessori method for people with dementia, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and Spiritual Reminiscence.

    The Creative Arts and dementia

    The Creative Arts has enormous potential for supporting joy and wellbeing for all of those who are affected by dementia.

    “Mam is not a survivor. She is a hero living with Alzheimer’s”, Seán Donal O’Shea, who cares for his mother, and participated in the the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Living with Dementia campaign.
    I’m not surviving, I’m struggling.” Alice, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, in the film Still Alice.

    The dementia journey

    Dementia could be described as a journey because it changes over time and the damage to the brain that it involves is unfortunately progressive. Dementia most often begins with memory difficulties. Over time, as the dementia progresses, the person may experience a range of other difficulties and challenges. Each person’s experience of dementia is individual and so the symptoms vary from person to person.

    Supporting those affected by dementia

    Dementia has a profound impact on relationships and social roles. A spouse may suddenly find themselves labelled a carer, a daughter a carer, and the person with dementia a patient.

    When knowledge and a range of evidence-informed supports are available to those affected by dementia, daily life becomes easier, the dementia journey smoother. Our mission in Sonas apc is to provide those in caring roles with knowledge, skills and tools (psycho-social approaches and non-pharmacological interventions) so that they can support the person with dementia to live a full and meaningful life. We advocate for the voice of the person with dementia to be listened to, and that their human rights are recognised and respected.

    Organisations/groups which do valuable work in this area of advocacy include
    The Irish and European Dementia Working Groups