The simplified Weekly Activity Board has been empathically created for individuals with dementia. The board is easy to follow, and has ab eye-catching seven-day information display to encourage participation.
Engagement in healthcare settings above all should be a key factor to ensuring the overall wellbeing of patients and residents, However, for people living with dementia, both simplicity and creativity play a role.
Why are dementia-friendly activities important?
Having a range of dementia activities available to keep a person with dementia entertained and active will help reduce feelings of frustration and aggression and have several positive outcomes such as:
- Help them to maintain their independence
- Help to maintain their skills
- Allow them to express their feelings and communicate
- Improve their self-esteem
- Encourage interaction
Get the most from your activities
Correspondingly, offer a variety of activities in your program. Include physical, mental, social, creative, and sensory activities together with reminiscence opportunities. In addition, encourage involvement and help to cater to all residents.
Puzzles and games
- Audiobooks / Storytelling
- Creative activities such as painting or flower arranging…
In the long run, It is especially important to encourage a person with dementia to continue to interact with those around them. By and large sociality has so many positive benefits, while maintaining good physical health, encouraging a healthier outlook, and improved sleep patterns. Specifically popular social activities are:
- Wine and cheeses evenings
- Coffee mornings and afternoon teas
- Knit and natter classes
Basically, keeping a person with dementia active and involved in life can greatly improve their quality of life, reduce agitation, and improve sleep and nutrition.
Above all, by giving a person a place to walk to, or a destination with a purpose, you can encourage activity. This can be done by creating an interactive themed area. Some of the most popular are:
For more information on creating and using a themed area download our guide here
Reminiscing is especially important and a wonderful way to find out more about the residents’ such as their likes and dislikes. Chiefly as it helps individuals with dementia to remember events, people, and places from their past. In addition to developing positive feelings which reduce stress and agitation. For instance, suggested reminiscing ideas are:
Despite each resident not being the same or having the same capabilities, adapting to their individual needs is more beneficial than not doing the activity at all.
- Dry-wipe, non-reflective surface
- Chemical-resistant and water-resistant
- Class 1 fire rated
- Hidden fixings
- Eye-catching and Informative
- Easy to clean
- Sturdy construction and design
- Includes dry wipe pen
- Antibacterial and anti-fungal growth properties
- Size: 12mm thick / 980 x 630mm
- Weight: 4.5kg
VAT Relief Eligible – No
Stimulating the mind
Recommendations given in the 2011 World Alzheimer’s Report suggest that routinely providing individualized cognitive stimulation to those with mild to moderate stages of dementia can produce short-term improvements and/or reduce the decline in cognitive function. Some suggested activities are: