Thursday April 2, 2020

Life among the butterflies

A new kind of care for people with dementia involves a homely environment where staff adopt the 'Butterfly Approach' - being colourful, capturing attention and creating moments of connection, writes Alex Meehan.

21st April, 2012
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Residents in the Lodge Bar in Moorehall Lodge, Ardee, Co Louth. Photo: Feargal Ward

It affects more than 35 million people worldwide, and costs governments €460 billion a year to treat. By 2030, those figures will have doubled; by 2050, they will have tripled.

According to the World Health Organisation, dementia - the brain illness that affects memory, behaviour and the ability to complete simple tasks - is set to become one of the biggest public health challenges in the world over the coming years.

In the face of such a dramatic...

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