The IAH is running a series of workshops on the application of sensory stimulation activities with older people. The first will consider the use of sensory activities in a care setting, the second workshop will look at various options for establishing a stimulating environment for residents. The third and fourth of our workshops will consider how older people may benefit from the presence of animal therapy and the use of art therapy.
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The National Autistic Society has recently published a report on autism in older age: Getting On? Growing older with autism. The report sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age and recommends how central and local government can help to meet them.
The key issues covered are: diagnosis and healthcare, the state of research and ensuring appropriate, prepared services are available.
Cluttered ward layouts and poor signage in hospitals and care homes were cited as the top reasons for causing confusion and distress in people with dementia in research conducted by the King’s Fund.
Replacing reflective sanitary ware (toilets, basins etc.) and surfaces, and installing clearer signage using distinctive colours and pictures, has been shown to help dementia patients manage their condition better by helping to reduce confusion and agitation.