I offer group sessions and one to one support in reminiscence. I was recently employed as Senior Activities Coordinator in a care home with a dedicated dementia unit. This role has convinced me of the importance of meaningful reminiscence support within dementia. I will work within the care sector and also offer workshops and talks within my community. My specialism is life history work using memory boxes and old family photos. I also like to work within a variety of contexts. Research has shown that speaking another language can help delay the effects of dementia. I will be running stimulating sessions such as ‘Le Club Français’ and ‘Armchair Travel’ groups for people to practise their language skills and share travel stories. I believe in a ‘whole family’ approach and look forward to working alongside carers, friends and family members.
- 7 August 2015
- South West
- Arts, Care, Health, Communication
- Local Alliances:
- Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Title: To honour life achievements and enhance well-being for people living with dementia
Description: In the delivery of my reminiscence and life history sessions I will offer meaningful and therapeutic support that honours the achievements of each individual. By the end of each session the attendees should have a greater sense of well-being and self-esteem.
Title: To support the needs of the ‘whole family’
Description: I will promote the benefits of reminiscence and life history work in family dementia support. I will develop a service that is beneficial to the needs of the ‘whole family’.
Title: To keep myself up to date with developments and training
Description: I will network actively with local and national organisations to ensure that I keep myself up to date with new development and products. I will be a reflective practitioner, seeking training and learning opportunities for myself and looking for new ways to enhance my sessions.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The key challenge for me in delivering these outcomes will be persuading organisations of the value of one to one and group support for people who live with dementia. I am aware from my previous activities role that financial resources are tight. Money constraints mean that organisations struggle to fund additional support. However, my own experience of offering individual and small group sessions in reminiscence and life histories informs me that this type of support has lasting benefits.
I will address these challenges by promoting the therapeutic benefits of reminiscence and meaningful activities within dementia support. I believe that by creating dementia friendly communities that we can dispel negative attitudes towards dementia. Working together is the way forward.