people with dementia should always be created with an aim to improve their
social, emotional and spiritual well-being, and to help them blossom and grow.
They should not be about providing meaningless tasks or activity for the sake
of distraction, nor for providing 'busy' work.
activities are created to tap into a person's past skills, memories and
interests. These do not have to always be structured but do need to stimulate
the senses and encourage participation, boost self-esteem and fulfil one or all
of our five universal emotional needs.
therapies may range from doll therapy, aromatherapy, story telling, gardening,
cooking, music therapy, exercise, art or specially designed activity programs.
They may involve dance, movement, colour, walking or quiet time in
conversation. The true focus is not about the activity itself but the quality
and joy of the interaction.