Keep a Sense of Purpose
- Creative Care Kit: Keeping Well with Creativity
- As part of Dementia Action Week in May we spoke to people living with dementia in Greater Manchester to find how they are living well in lockdown. Click on the link to read their stories.
- Deep dementia diaries – people with dementia’s own recordings of their experiences on a number of topics. They also ask if anyone would volunteer to transcribe the recordings too – if this is something someone would welcome helping with https://dementiadiaries.org/
- Maintaining activities for older adults during COVID19 – a resource with lots of great links to different activities that will help you to deal with social isolation.
- Dementia Change Action Network: https://distancingwithdementia.org.uk/ – information on lots of different activities whilst we are all at home.
- British Geriatrics Society. Dealing with social isolation
- Chatterpack is a list of free online resources full of things to do when social isolating.
Find out how to access free creative and arts-based online activities
- MARCH Network is a mental health network focused on the power of bringing people together with social, cultural and community assets. With more people socially and physically distancing themselves, they’ve shared some home-based, creative ways to support mental health during these unique and uncertain times.
- Arts activity boxes. Designed by a group of leading artists you can download a range of free arts activities.
- Art at home. Ready to stay creative from the couch? Here is your guide to enjoying art at home including virtual museum tours, games, education and competitions.
- Coronavirus: Activity ideas for people living with dementia
- Live Streams. Greater Manchester: United We Stream – a gig every evening, led by GM Culture, 7pm everyday
- Liverpool Museum – My house of memories app https://houseofmemories.co.uk/things-to-do/my-house-of-memories-app/ This is app devised by the National Museums of Liverpool uses as inspiration the fantastic objects within the museums. It is free to access. There is a short animation explaining how to use the app and then how to view the objects in the museum. It enables you to develop a person–centred memory tree with objects from the museum. Along with the picture of the object, there is information about the object, as well as music and discussion points.
- Virtual tour of museums http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/
Theatre live streaming
- YouTube – a full length musical every Friday for free at 7pm
- National theatre live releases a new play every Thursday at 7pm on You Tube. It’s then available for the rest of the week to access.
Help shape the future of dementia care and support.
During these challenging times, as we all try to adapt to a new normal, keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe is at the top of everyone’s priority list, especially if yourself or a loved one is living with dementia. The challenges social distancing bring for those with a dementia are wide-reaching and as varied as the disease itself; that’s why it’s so important that we hear from patients and carers in this challenging time to help us understand their needs and concerns.
Dementia and COVID research is adapting, offering patients new, safe, ways to ensure their voices are heard and enabling researchers to understand individual concerns about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives. For those who have the capacity and time, Join Dementia Research offers access to a number of studies which can be completed online or over the phone, you can find out more by calling the Alzheimer’s society on: 0333 150 3456, Alzheimer’s Research UK on: 0300 111 5 111 or visiting their website: www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk.
The Inter Faith Network online workshop and devotional resources includes examples of how faith communities are providing ‘virtual’ worship and devotional opportunities and guidance, as well as examples of resources for prayers at home whilst places of worship are closed following social distancing measures.