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Activities for People with Dementia

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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 happydayspublishing@yahoo.co.uk

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

3 Comments

  1. Caron, I wrote to you some while ago concerning my wife with vascular dementia also she has diabetes and recently reassessed from type2 now type1 the diabetic team have also done changes with insulin with Lantus being the one using at moment with dose of 20 units in morning only readings in morning 6.0 to 9.0 but at bed time readings shoot up to something in 17.0 to 21.0 ish.
    I have found Rose Lodge in exmouth where she goes as day care once a week also she goes to Filo Project day care twice a week but it’s the times in between where she gets very very confused likes of appointments and any odd notes that I make she grabs onto them and asks what this about and not just once or twice or more that drives round the bend. She also sleeps a lot afternoon and evening and then all night without much disturbance. I think I have gone on too much Stuart

    1. Have you got any support? I don’t really know who else to direct you to other than some amazing Facebook groups where other people are going through what you are. The support system is not good at present and I will try and find out more for you.

  2. This is a great, all inclusive and enjoyable idea to help stimulate the mind! I love the interactive aspect to it, thanks.

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