Animals can be great topics of conversation, evoke activity, as well as provide comfort. Stroking a hairy pet can be calming, and interacting with pets can encourage play and activity. Following a dementia diagnosis is not a good time to introduce a new pet to the household. Pets can be demanding, and the extra work can neutralize any positive effects. However, if you know someone with a dog, a cat or even an aquarium, you can consider visiting him or her or asking him or her to visit the person with dementia. Try introducing the person to a confident and calm pet. Later in the disease, robotic pets or even soft toys have shown to be a good replacement, without the negative aspects of traditional pets.
Appearance is part of who everyone is, and everyone has their own grooming routine. As a part of the normal routine, it is beneficial to encourage the person with dementia to do as much as they can by themselves by guiding and assisting them. Sometimes, however, imitating a hair salon
There are many opportunities out in the community to find activities and meet other people at the same time. This can be at a place of worship, an art gallery, museum, concert hall or theatre, a community group, leisure centre or at the local pub. Some community venues organise events
The DemiCare project has been funded by the Active and Assisted Living programme. AAL is a European programme funding innovation that keeps people connected, healthy, active and happy into their old age.
AAL supports the development of products and services that make a real difference to people’s lives - for those facing some of the challenges of ageing and for those who care for older people if they need help.
The project has an overall budget of 2.029.091,76 €, to which the AAL will contribute with 1.477.535,07 €