If you’re caring for a person with dementia, our handbook is for you. Read how it can help you find activities suited to the person’s interests and abilities.
Along with all our usual information on dementia, we have more advice to support you during coronavirus, including activity and exercise ideas.
Taking part in activities, including everyday tasks, can have powerful benefits for the physical and mental wellbeing of a person with dementia. Activities can help them to stay healthy, active and independent. They can also help someone express their feelings, retain their skills and self-esteem, and stay motivated.
Our free guide can help with this. The activities handbook: Supporting someone with dementia to stay active and involved will help you suggest enjoyable and engaging activities for the person you’re caring for. This can have several benefits, a few of which we’ve highlighted below.
Five ways our handbook can help
1. If the person enjoys spending time outdoors
Spending time outside can improve a person’s wellbeing and help them feel less stressed. Outdoor activities give people the chance to be in contact with nature – plants, sunshine, birds and animals. The guide suggests physical activities a person can do outside, as well as other ways to spend time outdoors if they are less mobile.
2. If the person is feeling lonely or isolated
People with dementia can often feel cut off from other people. Group activities are a great way for people to socialise, try new things and have fun. The guide includes tips on finding local clubs that the person might like to join, as well as games and creative hobbies that can bring people together.
3. If the person has memory problems
Music can trigger powerful memories and emotions. Many people with dementia who have memory problems continue to remember tunes and lyrics as their condition progresses. The guide includes tips on musical activities the person may enjoy.
4. If the person uses a computer or smartphone
Doing activities online can help people feel they are keeping up with the world. It can also give people new ways to stay in touch with others. You’ll find information about websites, apps and tools that can help.
5. If the person is in the later stages of dementia
As the person’s condition progresses, they may find it more difficult to process information or communicate verbally. The guide suggests ways to support and encourage them to engage with the world through sight, touch, smell, hearing or taste. Sensory activities can be relaxing and enjoyable.
Our handbook is now available
Throughout the guide you’ll also find information about lots of other types of activities, along with details on where to go for further advice or support.
This guide has been written with input from carers, as well as health and social care professionals with specialist knowledge and experience.
For activity ideas and inspiration, turn to this guide.
Get your copy
The activities handbook: Supporting someone with dementia to stay active and involved is available to download as a PDF, or order a print copy in the post for free.