Active Minds have recently launched seasonally themed and easy-to-do activity guides that people living with dementia, family and carers can all participate in. Globally, the numbers of people living with dementia are predicted to increase from 50 million in 2017 to over 125 million in 2050. Activities such as painting have been proven to help people reconnect with their surroundings and can reduce isolation and depression.
Active Minds are a company which design award-winning activities to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and those caring for them. Keeping an active social life is key to helping someone with dementia feel happy and motivated. Everyone needs a sense of purpose and to enjoy themselves during the day. Encouraging someone with dementia to do something creative, some gentle exercise, or take part in an activity helps them to realise their potential, which improves their self-esteem and reduces loneliness.
Founder of Active Minds, Ben Atkinson-Willes is an advocate of activity products as a treatment for those affected. Ben explains:
“I have experienced the difficulties carers face first hand. As my grandad his ability to complete puzzles diminished, he turned to children’s puzzles, colouring books and games joined the range of activities that kept him occupied. This situation is reflected in many care homes, with children's activities being used or carers having to devise their own. As a designer, I decided that I could use my skills alongside the experience of those in the care sector to deliver age-appropriate dementia activities.”
These activities focus on spending quality time with your loved one, as well as including elements or materials that will encourage reminiscence, proven to help engage and up-lift a person living with dementia.
You can download the free Spring Active Minds activity guide here. or visit the Active Minds website here