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Activities for people with dementia

The Activities Handbook: Supporting Someone with Dementia to Stay Active and Involved

Alzheimer’s Society UK is now offering this substantial activities resource as a free download.

It’s an 80-page book which presents a long list of possible activities that may be enjoyed by a person living with dementia, presented in three broad areas: ‘Social, physical and outdoor activities’, ‘Activities at home’, and ‘Online and digital activities’.

It begins with an opening chapter, setting out some important considerations for supporting a person with dementia to engage in activities, and goes on to include helpful ideas for activities, resources and links to organisations.

The resource is primarily aimed at family carers who are supporting a person living with dementia in the community, and quotes from family carers feature throughout.

Although many resource links are UK-specific, the broader vast range of suggestions is still applicable to readers and practitioners in Australia.

The handbook is available here: https://bit.ly/3boskXq

Being Active at Home: A Resource for People Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners

This is a new free five-page booklet developed by the Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) project at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

The accessible resource sets out physical activity guidelines for people living with, or at risk of, dementia, advice for planning an at-home physical activity plan and strategies that may help support physical activity among people living with dementia.

It’s aimed at people living with dementia and their care partners. Although the resource is based on Canadian public health advice, much of the information is applicable in an Australian context, for example in relation to setting routines, having an exercise plan, and ways in which people with dementia can be supported to continue with physical exercise.

The resource is available on the website for the Research Institute for Aging (RIA) at the University of Waterloo, at https://bit.ly/2ZDg3ZQ

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