Dignity in Dementia is a National Lottery-funded charity in Cumbria that supports local people living with dementia and their family carers, helping them live as positive a life as possible and stay connected to their local community.
Since the nationwide quarantine, which has meant the face-to-face groups and activities have stopped, the organisation has created a supportive guide for carers to use at home. The new guide includes simple but effective exercises such as Japanese memory tests; low-maintenance house tasks such as sorting socks or polishing shoes; making Easter cards or bonnets; and even re-watching infamous sporting moments from yesteryear.
Additionally, the group has set up a Facebook page to encourage families of people living with dementia to upload photos of their loved ones taking part in activities, chores, or other creative exercises to inspire others, helping them keep in contact with other people who may also be stuck for ideas during these more restrictive times.
Lesley Gill, Director, Dignity in Dementia, said:
“We’re really aware that having to stop many of the community activities that people with dementia regularly attend will have a detrimental impact on their general wellbeing. That’s why we produced our free leaflet with suggestions of things they could do at home to stay busy and engaged.
“We’ve also set up a Facebook page Called ‘Activities for Dignity in Dementia’ so that people can share inspiring photo of the things they get up to.”