Rementia: reversing the symptoms of early-stage dementia
From recalling names to relearning how to make tea, occupational therapists can help people with dementia regain functions.
Dementia has not always been understood in the way it is today. For a long time, it was thought of as a mental health disease and an inevitable consequence of ageing. During the 20th century, however, advances in medicine and research meant that dementia came to be understood as a set of cognitive and functional symptoms, caused not only by neurological conditions, but also by the physical, social and psychological experience of the individual.
The latest thinking in the field of dementia care is the new understanding that while we can support individuals to maintain their current abilities for longer, we can also – in some cases – work to restore lost functions. The Guardian