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KEEPING BUSY

It is estimated that 850,000 people in the UK are affected by dementia. 2 million people will be living with dementia by 2051. But there is a difference between simply living and living well.

Even though it is a progressive condition that gradually destroys a person's ability to make sense of the world they live in, people with dementia can have a good quality of life at every stage of their condition and usually wish to remain active and engaged for as long as they can.

Although it can have a devastating effect on cognitive abilities, the creative, imaginative and emotional parts of the person often remain relatively strong.

There have been some impressive developments in creative work with people with dementia in the past decade. These have shown how important it is to celebrate a person's potential rather than to focus on difficulties and what has been lost.

Research has shown that a person centred approach when engaging people with dementia in meaningful occupation sparks feelings of pleasure and enjoyment, creates a sense of connection and belonging and a retained sense of autonomy and personal identity.

CARERS BREAKS

Carers are welcome to join in with what we do, or they may prefer to take some time away instead.

For carers, taking a break often engenders feelings of guilt and separation anxiety. Carers can be rest assured that whilst they are taking a little time for themselves, the person they care for is doing what they want to be doing, when and where they want to be doing it.

 
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