Dementia Action Week 2018 at Bromley MindCare

With Dementia Action Week running from 21st – 27th May 2018, Bromley MindCare Dementia Support ran a number of activities with clients of their dementia centres in Beckenham and Orpington.

Highlights included:

  • The MindCare Dementia Centre in Beckenham booked a singer for clients to enjoy music and dance from the 1950s to 70s.
  • The MindCare Dementia Centre in Orpington had a 1970s themed party with live singing and dance as well as an Animal Therapy session.

Benefits of Music and Dance with Dementia

Music and dance bring a lot of happiness to people with dementia in our centres, with many people expressing joy and sharing stories from their past relating to the music they hear. It also gives them physical exercise whilst having fun dancing.

Man laughing and dancing

Benefits of Animal Therapy with Dementia

Animals have been used therapeutically with people living with dementia across the world.

Animal therapy is performed by trained professional handlers and animals, helping a person interact with the animal – playing, cuddling, patting, stroking, talking with the animal or just asking the handler about the animal and its habits.

People mainly associate dementia with symptoms of memory loss or confusion but dementia has many other effects on a person. Dementia can affect hearing, eyesight and make a person feel irritiable, restless or depressed. Dementia can make a person less enthusiastic about doing things or engaging with people.

This is where animal therapy can help a person with dementia with multiple research studies having shown benefits, including:

  • improved mood
  • increased physical activity
  • improved appetite
  • lower blood pressure
  • more social interaction.

The research base on the effects of mental, physical, emotional, social wellbeing continues to grow.