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
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Written by Ryan on Thursday the 25th of October 2018.
For many of us, especially when a loved one has been recently diagnosed with dementia, or are in the later stages of the illness when communication becomes more difficult, knowing how to talk to someone with dementia can be a daunting prospect. However, engaging a loved one in conversation is incredibly important, making them feel loved, noticed, listened to and cared for, as well as ensuring they keep socialising, integral for their mental health.
If you are struggling to know how to approach your loved one, take a look at our tips on how to talk to someone with Dementia:
This is key! As frustrated as you may feel, it is essential that you remain calm during any conversation. Any irritation you display can cause your loved one to start to feel agitated, and they may retreat and refuse to engage. Give your loved one time and space to respond, do not hurry or interrupt them.
Speak In A Clear Voice
Ensure you speak in a clear, calm voice.
Avoid baby talk or talking down to your loved one.
When talking about other people, rather than using ‘him’ or ‘her’, refer to people by their actual names during conversation.
Find A Quiet Space
This is especially important for someone who struggles with agitation and stress. Find a quiet place to talk, away from loud noises and distractions that may confuse or distress your loved one, allowing them to fully concentrate on your conversation.
Include An Activity
If you find that your loved one struggles with one-to-one conversation, try to reduce any agitation or discomfort by focusing your interaction around an activity or game. This will give your chat a focus, and the activity may even help trigger memories you can discuss.
Touch is an incredibly powerful tool, ensuring that a person with dementia feels safe and secure. Whilst talking, if appropriate, hold their hand, helping them to feel calm as well as listened to.