Since 2010 Active Minds have been researching and developing activities to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Our mission is and will continue to be, to create positive, mindfully designed, person-centred activity products and games to help people lead active lives.
Our award winning Complete Kit contains a wide range of evidence-based and tested resources specifically designed to engage people with dementia. Supporting all members of the team to deliver spontaneous activity sessions and evidence person centered care.
Active Minds is a company built on years of research and personal experience. A close working relationship with Barchester Healthcare and Kingston University has allowed Active Minds to bring together knowledge, experience and research to create some unique activity products and games designed for people with dementia.
Active Minds continually measures its social impact to establish the benefits our activity products are having on the lives of those living with dementia. We use this data to continue making improvements to our products and development process.See our reports
91% of carers felt products improved well-being
91% of carers felt products reduced frustration
86% would recommend Active Minds products
103,300 people have seen an improvement in their quality of life so far
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Written by Ryan on Friday the 8th of December 2017.
Christmas is a wonderful holiday, focusing on spending quality time with your family, enjoying food, conversation, games and, of course, the giving and receiving of gifts. However, if a family member is living with dementia it can be hard to find appropriate dementia-friendly presents. Here are some gift ideas for your loved one living with dementia:
Buy a DVD of a classic film or TV series from their past, perhaps choosing a time on Christmas Day to sit down as a family and enjoy the DVD. The film may help to spark memories for your loved one, perhaps of the first time they saw this particular film, or of the various stars of the show. The whole family can enjoy listening and talking to your loved one as they reminisce.
Jigsaw puzzles are a great gift, as your loved one can enjoy completing the puzzle in their own time, on their own, or perhaps with the whole family getting involved. At Active Minds, we have a wide selection of puzzles with a large range of images, for all stages of dementia and dexterity.
Create a family photo album, including current pictures of the family as well as pictures from your loved one’s past. This is a lovely, reminiscent gift, that your family member can pick up and look at any time they want.
Christmas is all about playing games with the family, so giving your loved one a game to enjoy with everyone is a great gift. Our Animal Bingo is a family favourite, which uses authentic animal sounds and beautifully illustrated images instead of numbers. The game can be enjoyed by up to 8 people, plus a bingo caller, so is perfect for a family Christmas. Or perhaps our Snakes and Ladders game, which has been designed with strong colour contrasts and clear images to make it appropriate for people with visual and cognitive impairments. The large counters also make it easier for the game to be played by people with dexterity difficulties.
The perfect gift for a loved one with early to mid-stage dementia. Colouring books are a relaxing activity to help a person unwind and focus, as well as giving a sense of satisfaction once the colouring is completed. Don’t forget to add some colouring pens with the present too.