Active Minds helps Dementia


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.

Active Minds helps Dementia

Mummy is always looking out for anything to help her – she attended a brilliant event in the summer all about nutrition for the elderly, and how important it is both physically and mentally.

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:

  • Encouraging conversation
  • Restoring a sense of personal identity
  • Improving communication
  • 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?

This is a collaborative post – all words and photo are ours.


  1. Both my grandparents on my mothers side suffered terribly with dementia so I shall definitely popping over to have a look.
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  2. I used to work as a carer in a dementia unit and I totally agree there are some brilliant resources on the Active Minds site! 🙂
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  3. This is a lovely post. I think it is a fab idea x

  4. Wow 96 years old, that’s amazing. Active minds sounds really good as it encourages people to keep their minds sharp, my nan does her brain training x
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  5. I love the post and I love that there is 92 years between you, I had to re-read that twice to make sure I had read it right x

  6. I worked with a lot of dementia patients and I can say active minds sounds like a great website. Most dementia patients remember the past well more than the present so having something that reminds them of the past might be good for them.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful idea, anything that helps dementia sufferers feel more connected has to be a good thing!
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  8. My mom is 92 and has dementia. Heading there now to have a look. Thanks!
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