Sensory Stories # 55: Sensory Intelligence® and Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease

Posted: 6 September, 2022

By: Marieta du Toit


This weekend, Marieta visited a family member in a facility specifically catering for people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This got her thinking about the importance of how we care for people with mental health illness from a sensory processing perspective.

Dementia is the umbrella term for a decline in mental ability with Alzheimer’s being the most common type of dementia. It is a disease of the brain that affects memory, cognitive function and communication. Caring for such an individual is complex and even as someone who is just visiting them, there are so many things to consider with regard to the visit and their long-term care. Watch the video to hear Marieta’s sensory tips on how to enhance the time you spend with people diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s and mental illness in general.

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👩🏼‍🎓 Marieta qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 and has been living out her vocational passion since then: helping clients achieve happy, healthy, productive lives. She has been part of the Sensory Intelligence® team since 2017. Marieta has a special interest in combining neurology, sensory regulation and human behaviour in the modern world, thereby facilitating self-awareness and improved quality of life for clients. Due to the increase of stressors in people’s everyday lives, she enjoys guiding people towards better understanding of their own Sensory Matrix™ scores.

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