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Why ‘flexible’ reminiscence is important for dementia environments

Posted on Wed 7th Aug, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Making reminiscence relevant to all   Reminiscence therapy has a number of documented benefits to people living with dementia as it helps them unlock long term memories which can bring great comfort and happiness. Recently included in NICE’s quality standard on dementia, reminiscence therapy can take many forms, from one-to-one sessions to creating nostalgia environments and even &lsq...

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Value of reminiscence therapy recognised by NICE

Posted on Mon 22nd Jul, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Recommendations included in updated quality standard on dementia   Recently (28th June 2019), NICE updated its quality standard on dementia and recommended that people should be offered activities such as exercise, art, gardening, music etc to promote their well-being (see our recent article on social prescribing). A key activity that was included in these recommendations was reminiscence t...

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Facilitating wandering with purpose into dementia design

Posted on Wed 17th Jul, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Creating destinations in dementia environments to enable safe exploring   One of the common characteristics of dementia is the compulsion to walk. While once commonly mistermed as ‘wandering’ we now understand that this walking is not as arbitrary as it may have appeared to be; someone with dementia usually does have an objecctive in mind, it just may not be a realistic or ratio...

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Dementia signage not just for dementia environments

Posted on Sun 16th Jun, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Why all public spaces can, and should, be more dementia friendly   Dementia signage is, by necessity, different to regular wayfinding signage due to the different way a person with dementia perceives visual cues. Dementia signage is therefore commonplace now in dementia environments: care homes, hospitals, day centres etc, but its value is not limited to these specialist environments and if...

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What is social prescribing and how can it help people with dementia?

Posted on Wed 29th May, 2019 in: Dementia Design, Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

How stimulation and social interaction can improve well-being   The idea behind social prescribing is to connect people to community initiatives, to arts and culture and to other activities that can help bring calm and encourage interaction with others. It is particularly beneficial for those living with dementia as it can reduce distress and agitation and generally make them happier. The h...

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