Case Study 1
‘A’ is a gentleman resident who reached seventy one years of age in August 2013. During the summer of 2013, A underwent a period of extreme mental confusion which led to him not being able to recognise people or his surroundings. At one stage he would sit in his wheelchair all day constantly repeating the same word over and over again, in varying degrees of volume. I decided to try him on the ‘My Improvement System, and when it was free one day, I brought
him over to the Centre and took him through the various activities it offered. I found the ‘Reminiscence’ application was particularly useful in concentrating his mind and bringing him back to reality, as was the music application.
A is particularly fond of Big Band Music and playing different tunes, I was able to ask him if he recognised the music? He gave me the title. It was a great trigger to stimulate conversation and he went on to talk about the various bands and his favorite tunes. It concentrated his mind again, even if only for short periods and had him smiling, laughing and indulging in lucid conversations.
The Reminiscence application afforded a similar opportunity to bring him back to reality for short periods. We used the media content already loaded to engage his memory and interests. Bringing up photos, video clips and music clips was again an easy way to get A into conversation. I was able to ask leading questions which drew him into conversation. Did he remember the old TV shows, could he date the pictures from their content using fashions or vehicle types etc., or could he recognise famous places?
I am pleased to say that A has now made a good recovery, but we are extremely grateful for the ‘My Life’ system which helped us to find a doorway to the private world into which he had retreated, and supplied A an oasis of lucidity in a desert of confusion.