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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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 Wednesday the 7th of February 2018.
Sadly, there is not a definitive timeline to the progression of dementia, and it really does depend on the individual. However, there are factors, both controllable and un-controllable, that can have an impact on the pace that the disease progresses.
It is believed that people who start to develop symptoms of dementia before they are 65, termed as young onset dementia, will have a faster progression of the disease. However, this is currently merely a hypothesis and more research needs to be done. In fact, some experts believe that it is the fact that young onset dementia is much harder to diagnose, meaning that people are diagnosed later, thus making their progression seem faster.
Just as genes have can have an impact on a person’s likelihood of developing dementia, alongside other risk factors, there is evidence to suggest that an individual’s genetic makeup may also impact the speed at which dementia develops. Again, more research needs to be done to look into the real impact of genes on dementia, and how it progresses in an individual.
As with most things, a person’s health and existing conditions play a role in how dementia may progress. For example, people with diabetes or who experience repeated strokes are more likely to deteriorate faster than someone who is in otherwise good health. Similarly, overall health plays a part in not just the progression of dementia, but also a person’s likeliness of developing the condition. Quitting smoking, limiting drinking and regular exercise can all help slow down the progression of the disease in the brain, or at least help reduce the symptoms. If a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia it is important that regular, gentle exercise is encouraged, such as seated exercise.
Whilst it is natural to want to understand how quickly dementia will progress, it is also important to focus on the present. Ensure that a person living with dementia leads as healthy and active a life as possible, and that they are cared for and loved throughout their dementia journey.