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Scotlands Care Home Census 2012

Just published today the Scottish Government's Care Home Census reveals that half of care home residents that's nearly 17,000 of Scotland's population of 84,000 with dementia are being cared for in one of 916 care homes across the country. 50% of these people are admitted to care homes from hospital.
Click HERE to read the census report.

Season Finale of Tuesday Evening Work Parties

Come one, come all!  This coming Tuesday (October 30th) is our final Tuesday evening work party for the season.  We'll be out (most likely getting a bit wet!) from 4 - 6ish at SAGE.  We'll be completing a variety of different tasks to get SAGE all buttoned up for the winter.  To get you in the mood for a work party, I've picked a sampling of photos below from Tuesday work parties throughout this season that highlight the variety of projects we've worked on.  Hope to see you Tuesday!

Cheers,
Deanna (Garden Manager)

PS: For those of you already pondering what do to on Tuesday evenings next season, work parties will resume in late March/early April!





GCU Mental Health Nursing Society

The GCU Mental Health Nursing Society has now set up a Just Giving Fundraising Page to keep track of donations and funds that we raise.  If any students are unable to attend any events that we organise but would still like to donate then here is the way to do it.

http://www.justgiving.com/mentalhealthnursingsociety

Any donation from the public is also welcome - a couple of ££'s here and there makes all the difference.

It also has a small paragraph explaining to everyone that Alzheimer Scotland's football reminiscence hub is our first chosen cause is and why we feel it is worthwhile.

Sharing Our Rain

"This group is full of talkers," an HP employee noted during the snack break of our Friday morning work party.  We had some of our solid HP volunteers who've been coming out all season (Ray, Yvonne, Shawn, Denise), but this particular work party was also full of folks from the HR department.  So yes, this was a more talkative work party than usual.  I'll attribute that to the fact that HR folks work with people and to enjoy working with people generally you have to know how to get along and communicate with them which can lead to chatting!  The reason I'm focusing on this aspect of the group is that on Friday morning it was POURING.  Not just the normal Oregon drizzle, but "get the bright yellow Cap Cod fishermen rubberized rain suits out" type of rain.  When it is those kind of conditions, it is good to be able to talk because it can distract you from the fact that your feet are wet or the uncomfortable feeling of being soaked through to your undergarm…

Scotland's Mental Health 2012

This report from the Scottish Public Health Observatory provides the second systematic assessment of mental health and its contextual factors for adults in Scotland. It analyses 51 indicators from the previously established national adult mental health indicator set. These cover both the state of mental health (mental wellbeing and mental health problems) and its context (including individual, community and structural factors). Where possible, the report provides an analysis of time trends over the last decade and equalities analysis by age, gender and area-based deprivation.

Football Based Reminiscence with People with Dementia

Back in July I alerted followers about an upcoming free conference from Memories FC.
I can now confirm some details:
Memories F.C. Free Public Knowledge Exchange Conference November 29th & 30th 2012
Day 1: We would like to invite you to our end of project Community Conference at Hampden Park, Glasgow on Thursday 29th November 2012 (9.30-16.30)
http://memoriesfc3.eventbrite.com/ . (This online registration is for Day 1 only. Details of Day 2 are below)
The Scottish Football Reminiscence Partnership Public Conference is an event to share the findings and celebrate the success of the AHRC & SFC funded Knowledge Exchange Project.
"Harnessing the Heritage of Football: Creating Meaningful Activities and Therapeutic Work with People with Dementia."
This novel project has demonstrated the potential of football focussed reminiscence, creatively exploring how a fusion between cultural heritage, scientific insights, design and performing arts can benefit and improve the lives of peopl…

FAHF-2: The Holy Grail?

So my son had his second peanut challenge yesterday.

It has been a LONG quest. As I mentioned in last week's post, he took somewhere around 4600 pills over the last 6 months. During that time, we had no idea whether what he was taking was placebo or the real medication.

Yesterday, we girded our loins and got in the car before sunrise, knowing that this time it was no rehearsal. Since he had no issues with the applesauce on Thursday, we knew the poisoned apple (sauce) was waiting.

As with previous challenges, there were 11 little applesauce containers lined up on the counter of the exam room. After placing an I.V. line and doing some preliminary vitals, the clinical manager handed him the first container.

For the next two hours, I did my best to either read or pretend to read while other people asked him how he felt. Any change? No change from last time? Do you feel o.k. to go on to the next dose?

He did.

Around Dose 4, everyone started visiting a little more. Dose 4 was where he had sta…

Scottish Women's Aid: New research examines the similarities between domestic abuse and terrorism.

"Everyday Terrorism: How Fear Works in Domestic Abuse", was carried out by Professor Rachel Pain of Durham University's Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, in conjunction with Scottish Women's Aid.
The study, conducted with women and men who had experienced domestic abuse in Scotland, focuses on the fear which domestic abuse instils in the victim, and examines the conditioning which prevents many from feeling able to leave.
Click HERE to read the full report.

falling into fall

I was told one of my aunts used to eat her apples with salt. Weird? Ya I thought so too.  But here with the caramel it works. Who doesn't love salted caramel things at the moment anyway? I figured what better way to start fall while cozying up in comfy sweaters and scarves is make something so in tune for the season and caramel apples is something I've been wanting to make for sometime now.
So here it is. I took the easy route.

salted caramel apples

8 medium size apples
8 sticks washed and dried
1 14 oz (appox 400g) pkg of caramels
2 tbsp water
flaked salt for sprinkling

       Wash apples and insert twigs in each (remove any stems before hand). Have a piece of parchment paper ready on a baking sheet to place apples once they've been dipped.
In a medium size sauce pan on medium to low heat add all the caramels and water and stir constantly.  Once melted and perfect for dipping take off the heat and you're ready to start dipping the apples. Let excess drip off then place o…

Halfway There...But The Second Half Is All Uphill

Yesterday was our first of two food allergy challenges for FAHF-2.

This is going to be a very quick update because the challenge was completely uneventful. My son had a full work-up in the morning, including cardiac, spirometry and many, many Vacutainer® tubes of blood. I asked if they could share anything about RAST levels, since we've had a blood draw every 6 weeks, but this info is apparently being consolidated at Mt. Sinai and will only be shared after the study completes.

After the work-up, he started on the applesauce. (If you haven't read about the FAHF-2 clinical trial before, here's a link that describes the process in excruciating detail.) By Dose 6 or 7, we were all chatting, reading, working...it was obvious nothing was going to be happening. Placebo.

Early on in the morning, I had asked our study manager what type of results they had seen to date. She said that, of the three kids who had completed the second set of challenges, two were able to achieve a four-fol…

Frosting and Field Trips

This weekend was a surprise.  I woke up on Saturday morning thinking "Wow, it is cold, I hope it didn't frost!" and then promptly dismissed that thought as the weather report the previous evening said we were in the clear, no frost yet!  Well -- epiphany moment -- sometimes the weather reports are wrong.  Or, to give credit to the weather folks, there are just so many microclimates out there it is really hard to predict exactly what is going to happen where and they do their best to give us an approximate, overarching guess.


So back to Saturday morning....I pedaled out to SAGE and found a light frost had made our warm weather crops on the lower slope of the garden very sad looking.  Emergency messages went out to colleagues and Amoreena, our Garden Education Food Corps service member, arrived on the scene.  We harvested eggplants, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes and then placed reemay (or floating row cover) over remaining warm weather crops to protect them until Monday m…

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2012

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. 

This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.

Link to WHO

Lennox Castle Exhibition

THE forgotten stories of a historic hospital will be revealed at a new exhibition titled "Lennox Castle Stories" this month at Glasgow’s Trongate 103 venue from October 23-27 as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.