There are currently around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with an estimated 1 million people suffering from the disease by 2025. Research into dementia, its causes and cures is ongoing, with articles appearing in the headlines daily.
Dealing with a loved-one’s diagnoses of dementia is incredibly hard but recent research argues that an activities based approach can have a huge range of benefits for the patient; making them feel connected to their surroundings. These activities will also benefit a carer, as not only will they bring an element of structure but they can help maintain a good relationship and encourage a close and trusting bond.
There are a great many positive ways to engage with a person with dementia, ranging from Dementia activities and exercises to playing a game, and Active Minds has developed a range of products specifically designed to improve the quality of life and relationships for people living with dementia, and those caring for them.
Gentle exercise could be taking a short walk, going swimming or doing an exercise DVD. Active Minds has produced a DVD that improves mobility through gentle resistance training. All activities are performed whilst seated so it is suitable for all ages.
Keeping a dementia patient’s mind active is very important, and puzzles and games are a fantastic way of doing this. Active Minds have created specially designed jigsaw puzzles that are not only easy to use, with large puzzle pieces, but the images are specifically designed to stimulate memories and conversation.
Often people with dementia are able to recall the past easily but struggle to remember recent events. Therefore, an activity that involves reminiscing is a fantastic way to help encourage self-esteem and inclusion, combat depression and feelings of isolation and help carers feel connected to their loved-ones. There are a range of reminiscence activities that will help encourage discussions about the past – from Picture Books like ‘Childhood Days’, that capture images and words designed to evoke memories to Memory Bank DVDs like ‘Working Life’ that has archived footage of workers from the past.
For further information please visit the Active Minds website – www.Active-Minds.org/uk