Making arts organisations dementia friendly

3. Dementia-friendly heritage sites

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Sensory experience: Historic Royal Palace 

Visiting heritage sites is one of the top activities that people with dementia enjoy doing. The importance of heritage sites increases as we get older, as a place to relax, recover and engage with the environment around us.

Rethinking Heritage: A guide to help make your site more dementia-friendly has been produced to help heritage sites improve their accessibility and work towards becoming more dementia-friendly.

Why is it important for heritage sites to consider people with dementia?

By becoming a dementia-friendly organisation you can support every person with dementia through greater awareness and understanding. People living with dementia should be supported to continue to do activities they enjoy and to live the life they want to lead in their communities, irrespective of their condition. This will only be achieved with greater awareness, understanding, and support for people who are impacted by dementia.

For many people, heritage sites are incredibly important. Our country’s rich heritage can support people with dementia to enjoy a connection with others and previous generations by creating a shared experience and improving well-being. Visiting heritage sites can improve both mental and physical health by keeping you active, helping people with dementia to relax and spend time with people that matter to them.

By developing an understanding of dementia, heritage sites can make a huge difference to people living with dementia.

How can you get involved?

This guide provides best practice advice on how heritage sites can become more dementia-friendly, as well as successful case studies of organisations in the sector. It aims to spread awareness and encourage organisations - no matter what their size - to get involved and support people living with the condition.

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