Creative activities, such as music, poetry and gardening, are key to improving the lives of those living with dementia, a panel of care home staff noted.
At the Dementia Utopia conference, Marilyn McGregor, co-founder of Bonnie Day, an activity, books and DVDs provider supporting the elderly, spoke of how useful poetry can be in engaging those with dementia.
She said: “We discussed how themed poetry topics can trigger reminiscence and encourage conversation. It was a very interesting day, supporting colleagues and highlighting best practice in care homes.”
Linden House Lymington and Fernhill manager, Lorraine Stanley, wrote a poem titled ‘Welcome to Linden House’ attempting to offer support and assurance to families, with each verse acting as a representation of what the various departments of Linden House do to help those living with dementia, which was read at the conference.
Alongside poetry, gardening remains a key part of improving the lives of those living with dementia.
Linden House gardener, Chris Marsh, talked about comparing the gardening clubs and initiatives across the care homes in attendance at the conference saying: “For me, it’s largely about taking extra time with people to try and make them feel less lonely and more included.”