Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling

Meaningful Activity for People with Dementia

Marianne Dee attended a 2 day learning programme to understand the impact of dementia and the principles of person centred care when facilitating activities. The importance of reducing the number of steps in an activity, the need to understand how the environment acts as a prompt  for an activity, e.g., hairdresser in care home has to 'stage a salon' for person with dementia enabling them to act appropriately. The environment as a multi sensory space can be modified and adapted using smell, lights and sound.This has a particular impact on people with late stage dementia.Presentations also included a speaker with dementia reporting on the impact on his life until the condition was recognised. From losing his job and family, he now shares his experience as an expert advocate representing the needs and rights of people with dementia. He sits on a number of committees and gives talks across the world. The importance of the environment in affecting meaningful activity and assisting enjoyment, inclusion and engagement was the key message from this event.


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Iris Murdoch Dementia Centre

United Kingdom

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