This article was kindly contributed by Gillian Hesketh
Activities for People with Dementia and Carers
My Memory Jogger
Dementia is a loss of mental ability which interferes with normal activities of daily living. A decline in memory; reasoning, judgement, problem solving may leave people living with dementia feeling vulnerable and in need of constant reassurance.
Doing activities together may help to prevent boredom, anxiety or frustrations for the person living with dementia. Activity can be something simple; listening to music, a crossword puzzle or talking. Activities may help the person retain skills, express feelings, bring pleasure and improve a sense of self worth.
When asked, people requiring care said that it was the softer aspects of care that made the biggest difference: companionship, conversations, listening, or even telling stories [Alan Majer 2012].
It’s true, people enjoy talking and people with dementia can often enjoy recalling past events. Reminiscing or sharing memories is one way to develop conversations, appreciate someone’s life and validate their achievements.
My Memory Jogger is designed to be interactive and dedicated to bringing pleasure to people living with dementia. Having a good time, recalling happy memories and interesting events or experiences may enrich enjoyment of everyday life and improve a sense of well-being.
My Memory Jogger uses sensitive text, colourful themed images and response areas to help trigger memory and prompt conversation. A place for the person living with dementia to interact, reminisce, recall and record stories, save photographs, write, draw or doodle with family, friends, visitors and carers resulting in a collection of special memories to keep forever.
Around 93% of conversation is non-verbal – so remember to keep eye contact and observe the person’s body language for signs of discomfort or personal needs. Stop any activity if the person begins to tire.
And don’t forget you …
When you are caring for someone with dementia, it is understandable to sometimes feel overwhelmed, overtired or even guilty. Try to make some relaxing or fun time just for you. Keep in touch with friends and be kind to yourself.
My Memory Jogger can be enjoyed with family, friends and carers and is available to purchase now from the Happy Days Shop:
Please see my shop, images and information at www.happydayspublishing.co.uk
Also available in the Happy Days Shop:
Activities for Home Care, Residential Care Homes, Day Centres, Activity Coordinators
Memory Boxes ~ Day Planners ~ Labels for Recognition ~ Match It Picture Games ~ Talk Prompts
*Residential and Day Homes – Discounts available for quantities of 3 or more.
Email me for further information Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org