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The Decades Quiz Mat is Here!

Yes, it’s true!  A great new addition to our very popular range of quiz mats is now here!  We know how you all love our Target Mat range so we are very excited to launch our newest Decades Quiz Mat that combines gentle exercise with 150 reminiscence question cards to jog treasured memories and encou...

Cuddling May Counteract Dementia Symptoms

New studies are finding that cuddling may actually do more for us than we think. Doctors working on trials in Canada have identified a specific hormone that is released during close contact with loved ones (especially prevalent in mothers with infants) called Oxytocin. The hormone has been found to ...

Colour Each Day to Keep Stress Away

It’s official! Adult colouring books are the new phenomenon sweeping not only the UK but now in many other parts of the world. Seen as a way to ‘switch off’ from an increasingly electronic world, people from all walks of life are taking up colouring not only as an individual pastime, but as a group ...

Libraries - A New Source for Reminiscence Collections

Your local library may now be able to offer a range of resources to assist with reminiscence in the elderly and for anyone with a dementia like Alzheimer’s. These are in the form of Reminiscence/Memory Boxes that are available on loan and are filled with an assortment of items such as scrapbooks, po...

John's Campaign - The Right for Carers to Stay With People with Dementia in Hospital

John’s Campaign, set up in November 2014, highlights the problem many relatives face when a loved one with dementia is in hospital and there are no facilities to allow them to stay. John, (Dr John Gerrard) was himself diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 86 but was still living an almost indepen...

Alzheimer's Update

Anyone who attended this year’s Alzheimer’s Show 2015 will surely agree with us that the whole event was a resounding success!  With over 70 exhibitors offering free advice and literature, there was a wealth of information for people involved with all aspects of dementia in general to tap into.

We,...

Dementia - Books on Prescription Scheme

Have you heard about the Books on Prescription Scheme? Launched in 2013, the scheme is designed as way of self-help in managing various conditions, often in conjunction with a GP (although the books are available for anyone to borrow). The books, available from most local libraries, are all carefull...

Carol McCormick - New Puzzle Books

The concept of the ‘Enjoy solving...’ puzzle book series came about after a conversation I had with a local care co-ordinator, Charlotte Baines. She is responsible for leading Alzheimer’s and Dementia training workshops in Southport, and her passion and enthusiasm for getting people involved with im...

Activities can help adults with learning disabilities

A learning disability can affect the way people learn and develop throughout any stage of their life, with specific conditions varying greatly from person to person. Around 1.5 million people in the UK have some kind of learning disability and experience complications with issues such as living inde...

Giving residents a balance blend of activities

Care homes provide essential services in caring for residents and accounting for their wellbeing. As part of this they need to plan daily activities to keep people active and entertained. It can be tricky to come up with ideas, particularly when you think that each resident will have their own inter...