Navigating Dementia: A guide for patients and carers

Course Overview

This Patient Link presentation is intended to share information and resources especially for people living with Dementia and those supporting them. This presentation is based on current medical and occupational science.

The presentation will review:

  • What is Dementia?
  • What causes Dementia?
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • The benefits of a proper diagnosis
  • Stages of Dementia
  • Treatment options
    • Common current drug/medical treatments
    • Other non-drug/supportive therapies and treatment options
    • Treatment for the carer
  • Activity ideas to promote quality of life and function in daily tasks
  • Communication Do’s and Don’ts for interacting with people living with Dementia
  • Practical suggestions and helpful tips to help you cope with day-to-day tasks



The OT Link is excited to bring you this Patient Link Presentation by Sylvia Birkhead.

Sylvia Birkhead (M.OT) has almost 40 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She has consulted to many NGOs (MS Society, Headway, Parkinson’s Association, Stroke Aid, and many more), worked clinically, lectured at WITS, provided training to professionals, care workers and the general public.  In the last 10 years, Sylvia has specialised in gerontology and geriatric care, incorporating sensory stimulation into practice. Sylvia has published chapters in various books, articles in SAJOT and Focus, The Child magazine, Discovery Health newsletter, Rolling Inspiration and various other publications. She was awarded the Albie Sachs award in 2004.

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other materials contained on this website are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this website.

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