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 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.