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
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Written by Active Minds on Friday the 14th of February 2014.
A 2 year study (2010-12) by the University of Bradford looked into how married couples living with dementia make decisions on a daily basis.
“It’s important for people with dementia to be supported to allow them to make decisions where they’re still able to. Having dementia doesn’t mean you automatically lose your decision-making ability – this needs to be considered on a decision-by-decision basis. Professionals and carers need to facilitate the involvement of people with dementia in decision-making as much as possible.” – Dr. Geraldine Boyle
Dogs have been taught to respond to alarms and bring medicine pouches, to nudge their owners to go and read a reminder, and to encourage them to get out of bed in the morning.
(visit Dementia Dogs to find out more)
Stories of other couple’s journeys
“The hardest part for him has been coming to terms with his wife suffering a diagnosis out of her control.”
“It took us a year to adapt to our new circumstances and those long middle-of-the-night conversations and tears are still fresh in my mind.”
Ladder couples – working together as a pair
A great article about couples leaning on each other, like the uprights of a stepladder, propping up each other’s limitations and holding their lives together as a single unit while the rest of the family or the community provide extra cross-struts of support.
Watch young actors perform a parable of love and affection.
Also a Mirror is a couple’s true story about their life journey. They speak of their experiences, and the play.
“I think I was very impressed with the way that people so young could penetrate the spirit of us at a younger age but also later in life.”
“I’m not terribly fond of the term ‘dementia’. I just wish that there were a suitable single word that would explain the syndrome. I much prefer the term ‘memory impairment’. I think that’s more accurate, you know – it doesn’t have the stigma attached to it that dementia has.”