Thursday, 8 December 2016
Benefits of Activities and Being Active
It does not matter how you sugar coat it, preventing someone from activities [for in your opinion] their own good, depriving them of their independence [for in your opinion] their own good, locking them up [for in your opinion] their own good is still a deprivation, and preventing them from leaving [for in your opinion] their own good is still a deprivation. A gilded cage is still a cage
As dementia develops in a person, it is likely to have an impact on their ability to carry out certain activities. This article will look at why it is important to remain active, including maintaining everyday skills. We will try to give tips to carers on how the person with dementia can continue to take part in everyday tasks, and suggests pastimes that might be suitable at different stages of dementia.
Meaningful activities should be enjoyable, and may be linked to hobbies or interests that the person enjoyed before the diagnosis of dementia.
Activities such as taking a walk, cooking or painting can help preserve dignity and self-esteem.
Some of the most beneficial activities can be simple, everyday tasks such as setting the table for a meal or folding clothes. They can help a person with dementia feel connected to normal life and can maximise choice and control.
Some activities offer an emotional connection with others.
Keeping occupied and stimulated can improve quality of life for the person with dementia, as well as for those around them.
Activities can act as an opportunity for fun and playfulness. They can also encourage independence, social inclusion, communication or expression of feelings.