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 22nd of December 2017.
We all know that taking part in regular exercise has a positive impact on not just our physical wellbeing but our mental wellbeing too. However, for someone who is living with dementia, the need for exercise based activities can often be overlooked in favour of other more cognitive focused activities. But it is incredibly important to encourage regular exercise for a number of reasons, including:
-Improving heart health which will reduce risk of high blood pressure and heart disease,
-Reducing the risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes,
-Improving physical fitness thus helping a person maintain their independence for longer,
Exercise Activity Ideas
Gardening is a great activity for someone with dementia, as it can be adapted to each individuals’ ability and dementia stage, as well as encouraging them to spend time outside in the fresh air. The garden activities can range from sweeping leaves, to pruning to planting bulbs for the spring, and will help strengthen muscles and improve breathing.
Seated exercises are a great way to encourage regular exercise sessions either at home using an exercise DVD or in a group with an instructor. Sitting means that the exercises are less strenuous than standing, but still focus on strengthening muscles and improving balance.
A simple exercise to organise which can be adapted to suit all abilities, and can be enjoyed in the back garden or along a countryside path. Organisations like Paths For All aim to create more dementia friendly walks, as well as providing maps to find suitable walks for people living with dementia and their family, friends and carers.
Organising a tea dance can be a great way to encourage exercise that is fun and social. People can dance together, on their own or simply just sit down and enjoy dancing to the music seated. Dancing will help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and balance as well as improve mood and reduce stress.