You may know that my Great Nana is 96 years old, there are 92 years between us, isn’t that incredible? She lives over 200 miles away so we don’t get to see her as often as we would like to, but we love her very much.
Mummy has been looking at a great website Active Minds, which has a huge range of activities including art, jigsaws and much more designed to help with dementia. Great Nana is currently doing really well, and is still in her own home, despite quite a few hospital stays due to falling or breathing difficulties. She does have carers calling, and other family members visiting, but must get lonely too.
Active minds has so many great products, a range which caught Mummy’s eye is the Reminiscence range, a whole heap of fantastic resources to help an elderly person, like Great Nana relive and explore her past. She talks about the past a lot – obviously because she is not sure of her future, so how brilliant to treat her to something such as a Holiday Reminiscence DVD pack, which has six short films of holidays during the 1920’s – 1970’s featuring classics such as Butlins, Blackpool with a book featuring user guide, film notes, discussion ideas, activities and photos.
These sets particularly help with:
Restoring a sense of personal identity
Intergenerational activity – the younger members of the family can talk to Great Nana about her holidays and memories, prompted by the films, and learn from her too.
If you have an elderly relative or family friend suffering with dementia, you must pop over to Active minds and have a really good look through the website and what they have to offer. They have brilliant ideas for Christmas presents that will really make a difference and bring comfort and joy to your loved one.
Don’t you think this is such a great idea?