Written by Active Minds on Friday the 31st of March 2017.
In the next instalment of our ‘Get To Know’ series, we want to introduce you to Sylvie Silver. Sylvie is the Executive Director at NAPA, and sits on Active Minds’ advisory board. Her in-depth expertise in meaningful activities for people with dementia means that she is an essential voice in all of our new product development.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Not very typical! I rarely have the same day twice, either venue or content. Most weeks, on at least one day, I am running a training day or leading an activity forum with grass roots activity providers, somewhere across the UK. On other days I may be meeting with influencers in the care sector, sitting on a number of boards (like Active Minds) or speaking at conferences, to name just a few. I try to spend one day a week in our office at Amersham so I can catch up with everyone. I work full time over 4 days, Fridays are spent looking after the 2 grandchildren.
How involved are you in Active Minds’ research processes?
As involved as I can be. I tend to throw challenges at the team during our get-togethers about what I observe in care settings and what I think might be missing. I try and share my knowledge and aim to be as practical as possible.
How important is research before designing activities for people living with dementia?
Absolutely vital. I come across products all the time that have been a person’s ‘great idea’ but hasn’t been tried and tested. Care settings need things that are robust and proven to engage people living with dementia.
What do you enjoy most about working with Active Minds?
The enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude of the whole team. It is refreshing to work with people who are positive and rise to the challenges. Exploring how to achieve something with them is really uplifting!