It’s easy at this time of year to persuade ourselves to stay in rather than go out if we don’t need to; lighting the fire or turning up the heating and just praying spring comes around quicker.Continue reading
We can all find it difficult at times to talk about feelings or thoughts, particularly if they are negative. This activity helps people to express those feelings without vocalising them. Writing words, drawing colours or images onto stones and then throwing them away can be a cathartic release of negative feelings and thoughts which, left undealt with, might otherwise create health problems.
A new programme focusing on the health and well being of carers
We are constantly amazed by the resilience of those caring for a family member living with dementia. In our Creative Spaces outdoor groups, we see how carers instinctively create their own peer support and notice how access to the outdoors is helping them to cope better with issues such like anxiety and frustration. Continue reading
Guest blog by Ellie Robinson Carter
Humanitas Deventer is a world-renowned care home in Holland where students live for free to support the older people who live there. Humanitas has been praised for its forward-thinking approach to finding innovative ways of supporting older people as well as its Adelbold project which supports younger people with additional needs to gain independence and self-confidence. Continue reading
Earlier this year we supported Katherine Hathaway with her award-winning border at BBC Gardeners World Live Show. Katherine’s design, which centred around dementia and nature was inspired by her mother’s positive reaction to a vase of sweet peas. This got Katherine thinking; how could plants support people living with dementia by stimulating their senses and memories? Continue reading
In the 2017 State of Caring survey 7 in 10 unpaid carers said they found it difficult to get a good night’s sleep as a result of caring.
Everyone occasionally has a bad night’s sleep, it becomes a real health issue however when lack of proper sleep occurs on a regular basis. It can lead to issues such as poor concentration, depression and high blood pressure.
What are the causes of poor sleep?
We all know that anxious thoughts can keep you awake. Depression and mood changes Continue reading
“What can you hear?”
This question was posed to our Potager Peas – one of our six, dementia-friendly groups in Cornwall – at their last session at Potager garden, Constantine. The group meet here fortnightly to take part in purposeful activity in the garden; from picking flowers for the café tables and feeding the chickens, to building bonfires and making damper bread. Continue reading