Since 2010 Active Minds has been researching, designing and developing activity products to assist people with dementia in leading active, engaging and fullling lives - enjoying activities that are meaningful to them.
Active Minds was set-up as a social business with a mission to create positive, well-made, human-centred and evidence-based activity products and games with an ambition to offer more people a better quality of life.
Our award winning Complete Kit contains a wide range of evidence-based and tested resources specifically designed to engage people with dementia. Supporting all members of the team to deliver spontaneous activity sessions and evidence person centered care.
Active Minds is a company built on years of research and personal experience. A close working relationship with Barchester Healthcare and Kingston University has allowed Active Minds to bring together knowledge, experience and research to create some unique activity products and games designed for people with dementia.
Social Impact Report
Active Minds continually measures its social impact to establish the benefits our activity products are having on the lives of those living with dementia. We use this data to continue making improvements to our products and development process.
Sound is one of the richest forms of sensory stimulation and can be a form of mood enhancement and relaxation. Sensory stimulation in general is really effective for people living with dementia, as it allows people to feel a whole spectrum of positive emotions. Selecting suitable audio can be a great way to evoke memories of the past and encourage people who usually have problems with verbal communication to express themselves.
When you are a care-giver, it is easy to forget the emotional and mental impact caring can have on you. Caring for someone living with dementia can put you in a position that makes you vulnerable to stress and worry. The most important thing to remember is that your wellbeing is valuable and integral too. By not caring for yourself, you can gradually become worn down, anxious and lose sight of your care-giving role. Neglecting your self has the potential to make your role more difficult in the long-run. Prioritising your own self-care is an important step when caring for someone else.
Reminiscence activities are designed to explore people’s memories and encourage connections with those living with dementia. Reminiscence boxes are an idea that can help people to immerse themselves in pleasant memories, triggering thoughts and feelings that can help them to communicate better and express themselves.