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Saturday, 19 September 2020

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Activity boxes for those living with dementia

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Are you looking to bring joy into people’s lives during this difficult time? We are all looking for ways to keep brains and bodies active. During the lockdown, many people living with dementia and their carers, are even more isolated than before.

Age Exchange has thrown a creative lifeline by delivering boxes of activities to over 150 people living in the community or in care homes.

They use creative reminiscence as a tool to help people to value their lives and to remember and celebrate the rich experiences they have had over a lifetime.

Boxes of joy

Their monthly boxes contain a selection of easy-to-deliver, reminiscence arts-based activities, with colourful non-toxic materials and friendly, clear instructions. Their Reminiscence Arts Practitioners have designed the activities to stimulate memory and inspire story-sharing, with the most recent theme being Armchair Travel. They have been inspired by places and sensory experiences around the world: lavender from Provence, Dutch flower painting, the parrots of Costa Rica and much more. It doesn’t matter if people have visited these places, seen them on television, or know nothing about them – because each activity has links to people’s own experiences – for example, we can talk about pet birds, walks in nature or favourite colours and scents.

So sit back and let Armchair Journeys take you back to places you have travelled to or fond memories of where you and your loved one grew up.

Age Exchange provides creative engagement and support to about 150 people with dementia and their carers every week. The team came up with the idea of the boxes when the charity had to close its doors earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team carefully designed the contents to improve the mental health, mood and engagement of someone with dementia.

Each box contains 14 creative activities including arts, crafts, music and reminiscence. Around 150 people with dementia and their carers will have the boxes delivered to their homes as part of the virtual daycare service. This service is already helping to improve the wellbeing of their service users during a foreseeable period of isolation and loneliness.

Their first box Armchair Journeys is now available to order. Buy a reminiscence arts activity box £25 each or for more information please visit: https://www.age-exchange.org.uk/

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