Spotlight on engaging a person with dementia in meaningful activity
Why is meaningful activity important for people with dementia?
Meaningful activity is important to help us all maintain a good quality of life, whether we are living with dementia or not. It is particularly important for people with dementia as it:
- Helps maintain skills and independence.
- Helps maintain brain (cognitive) function.
- Builds and preserves self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Gives an outlet for self-expression.
- Provides social and emotional connection.
The type of meaningful activity a person with dementia will be able to engage in will depend on their interests, strengths and abilities.
Meaningful activity can vary from daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to art classes, watching films, exercise and spending time with family and friends.
Why join this session?
It is an opportunity to consider activities and why they are important to someone with dementia. The session explores different sorts of activities might meet the different needs of an individual. There will be some practical advice and strategies about how to engage someone in activities.
The course is for you if you would like to …
- Know more about why activities are important.
- Consider the different needs an individual has and how activities might meet these.
- Learn some hints and tips about how to get someone involved in activities.
- Spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe and supportive environment.
- Meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation
Our courses for family carers are designed specifically for family and friends of people with dementia however we do understand that sometimes attending as a professional can be useful. It will enable you to recommend our courses to family and friends of people with dementia that you support, and to find out more about how carers feel about the issues that they face with different types of dementia. There is a cost associated with attending our courses as a professional, get in touch to find out more – 020 3096 7894 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Practical advice from Occupational Therapist Kate Legg about engaging someone with dementia in meaningful activity.