Thinking Differently about Dementia
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With the right support, people living with dementia can continue to do the things they have always enjoyed: get outdoors, remain active, keep connected to friends, family and their community and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Dementia Adventure. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Dementia Adventure and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit dementiaadventure.co.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    Dementia Adventure social media pages, and help spread the word.
How You Can Help
How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Dementia Adventure. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Dementia Adventure and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit dementiaadventure.co.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    Dementia Adventure social media pages, and help spread the word.
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Dementia Adventure. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Dementia Adventure and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit dementiaadventure.co.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    Dementia Adventure social media pages, and help spread the word.

The number of people living with dementia in the UK is set to rise to 2 million by 2051. In fact, someone develops dementia every three minutes. Until a cure is found we need better ways of living with this condition. 

Dementia is the only cause of death in the UK top ten without a cure. After diagnosis, people with dementia are at risk of being indoors too much of the time resulting in an unnecessary decline in their physical, emotional and social well-being. 

 Whilst we wait and hope, much can be done right now to care for, and enable people living with dementia to live healthier, more active and enjoyable lives and bring emotional, social and physical benefits to families affected by dementia. This is the challenge ahead of us as a society and it is why Dementia Adventure exists. 

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Exercise, fresh air and stimulation can help people retain their skills and interests for longer, improve wellbeing and have a positive impact on the lives of people with dementia and their carers/families.    

We believe that, with the right support, people living with dementia can continue to do the things they have always enjoyed: get outdoors, remain active, keep connected to friends, family and their community and retain a sense of adventure in their lives. 

 Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning charity based in Essex but working nationally. Our work, and its impact on improving the quality of life for people living with dementia, has been recognised with a succession of awards including: The Silver i-Award for Innovation (2018) and the International Dementia Excellence Award (2012).  

Our Work

Dementia Adventure provides a range of services – all with nature in mind: 

  1. Fully supported dementia holidays, short breaks and outings – Dementia Adventure specialises in designing and delivering, fully supported, small-group experiences for people with dementia and their carers. Our model enables the person with dementia and their partner, family member or friend to enjoy a residential holiday or short break, day trip or outdoor experience together with the support of trained staff and volunteers. 
  2. Dementia Skills Sessions for people caring for, or supporting somebody with dementia – Attendees can connect with experienced dementia trainers, learn more about dementia and receive practical tips to help them in their supportive role. We cover a range of topics, based on a key building block in our training programme – Thinking Differently About Dementia.  
  3. Training & support for organisations – Often professionals are risk averse when it comes to enabling people with dementia to access the outdoors. Our team of experienced trainers deliver a range of tailored dementia training and support. We can upskill staff and volunteers that already support people living with dementia, help create inclusive and accessible services across an organisation or support to set up a nature-based programme specifically for people living with dementia in the local community. 

We also want to extend our benefit by raising awareness of the physical, social and emotional benefits of outdoor activities and engagement with nature for people living with dementia and inspiring individuals and organisations to take action to shape and influence their local community. 

Evidence shows that the impact of our support activities includes:

  • Improved well-being
  • Reduced isolation and loneliness
  • Improved health and healthier living
  • Improved equality of opportunity
  • Increased resilience
  • More supported/supportive families

Getting out and about with Dementia Adventure

Gill cares for her husband John who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2012. She found things very difficult during lockdown. They have not been able to go out and Gill feels that his dementia had deteriorated because of this.  

Dementia Adventure recently supported them to benefit from a trip to a local RHS garden.  Gill said “It was lovely to look at the plants and relax. I wouldn’t normally be able to do this, as i would need to keep an eye on John all the time.  

"Queueing can be really stressful. John doesn't understand social distancing and can become frustrated and walk off.  With Dementia Adventure there, I could leave John and queue up for an ice-cream without having to worry"

Gill

Ruth from Dementia Adventure noticed a real change in John.  “At the start of the outing John was not really communicating but by the end he was using more words and interacting with both Gill and myself”.   

Since the trip, Gill feels that he has continued to be more responsive and she feels more confident about getting out and about.   

Dementia Adventure enables thousands of people to think differently about dementia every year.  But, with the number of people living with the condition predicted to rise to 2 million by 2051, we need to do more.   

Get in touch

Location

Dementia Adventure, Unit 11 Old Park Farm, Main Road, Ford End, Essex CM3 1LN

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 01245 237548 

 

Charity and Company

Dementia Adventure CIO is a registered charity in England and Wales (1163163) 

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