I was delighted to read about this young man and his tireless efforts to make the lives of those living with Dementia their loved ones and carers more pleasant. Ben is only in his twenties but even at such a young age is winning awards for business and acclaim and admiration for his products.
“Active Minds” ( Bens’ company) offers a range of award winning activity products specifically developed for people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Their thoughtfully designed products provide an age appropriate activity resource for people with dementia, their families and carers whereas before families and carers would usually resort to children’s games that were often too difficult and patronising.
Working closely with St Georges Hospital and Kingston University, Active Minds began to develop its first range of jigsaw puzzles designed specifically for people with dementia.
Bens’ thoughtfully designed puzzles allow users of all abilities complete them without help.Not only does this give a valuable sense of achievement and pride it also stimulates conversation about the image of the puzzle. Active Minds jigsaw puzzles have been designed to keep minds active, maintain dexterity and on completion, stimulate conversation. Each puzzle consists of thirteen pieces that can be assembled within the frame and on a specially printed backing board that is designed to assist and encourage the users. Allowing them to achieve the satisfaction of completing the puzzle and creating a beautiful image on their own.
With over 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia the response from the care community has been and will continue to be huge I am convinced.
Active Minds is selling its products across Europe and North America with very positive feedback. Users include private individuals as well as large organisations such as the NHS and Alzheimer’s Society.
Launched in 2009 Active Minds has continued to develop new and innovative products in response to the growing demand for its activity resources.
With many more products already under development Active Minds is dedicated to continue improving the quality of life of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
The products are age appropriate activities for people with dementia which maintain self respect and pride on completion.