|Throughout Europe and beyond, Alzheimer’s and other dementias present a growing challenge to an ageing population, families, community care services and health and social services professionals. Dementia is an isolating condition. It causes difficulties in communication within families and separates people with dementia and their carers from each other and from others around them. It is important to find effective ways of reducing or postponing this isolation and in order to preserve and enrich the quality of life for all concerned.
Age Exchange has developed training packages and resources to help care staff and family carers to utilise the long-term memory and remaining assets of people who have dementia to enhance communication and lessen social isolation.
Age Exchange offers a two-day specialist training course on this subject:
Reminiscence in Dementia Care see dates and details >
Age Exchange publications on this subject:
Reminiscing with People with Dementia see details >
Reminiscence in Dementia Care see details >
and new publication (out in autumn 2010) Finding a Way Back Home.
Outreach Work in Care Settings
Our outreach project services in residential and day care settings have proved very helpful for people who have dementia. Using a multi-sensory, stimulating and person-centred approach, we enable them to access and share long-term memories that are of great importance and benefit to them. Our Project Workers can then assist them to enjoy the memories in more active ways through performance-based activities.
For details see Outreach Work in Care Settings >