Experiences are activities for families, caregivers and/or their loved ones with dementia to engage in.
These can hobbies and can include what we need to do for our job, our roles, our leisure time, and other things that we do each day.
Experiences for Caregivers and Loved Ones with Dementia
Remaining socially active supports brain health and can delay the onset of dementia. Social engagement is also associated with reduced rates of disability and mortality, and may reduce risk for depression. Memory loss, difficulty in planning and decreased initiative will require the person with dementia to find and/or create meaningful activities as dementia develops.
Participating in community-led Experiences can help prevent frustration, boredom and challenging behaviours. This is also a great way for caregivers and their loved ones to share moments together!
Experiences for Hosts
Be an Experience host for caregivers and their loved ones with dementia! Join this community-led movement and think out of the box to see how your daily activity, craft or business can help provide a new stream of engagement for caregivers and/or their loved one with dementia. An Experience can be led by anyone from businesses and community centres to caregivers and community supporters.
Plan and provide meaningful experiences
There are many ways to modify both the physical and emotional environments to support a person living with dementia to be independent and engage in meaningful activity.
The physical environment:
• make sure you have good lighting
• eliminate unnecessary noise
• use contrasting colours to help people perceive different surfaces and spot boundaries
• clear signage can reduce confusion and anxiety about what day it is, what’s happening today and where important things are located.
The emotional environment:
• positive relationships and a warm, relaxed environment are important for supporting meaningful engagement.
Offer support & supervision
Concentrate on the process, not the results
Assist with difficult parts of the task
Get Matched & Co-Create!
Now till January 2018
Tailor existing activities or submit new initiative ideas for persons with dementia and caregivers to engage in.
Match & Co-Create
The top 5 experiences will be selected. Applicants will be matched with caregivers to work on + validate the idea.
Experiences will be refined with possible funding and marketing on the Project We Forgot platform for caregivers to book + test.
Want to be an Experience Host?
Join this community-led movement and think out of the box to see how your daily activity, craft or business can help provide a new stream of engagement for caregivers and/or their loved one with dementia. An Experience can be led by anyone from businesses and community centres to caregivers and community supporters.