Animals can be great topics of conversation, evoke activity, and provide comfort. Stroking a hairy pet can be calming, and interaction with pets can encourage play and activity. Following a dementia diagnosis is not a good time to introduce a new pet to the household. However, you might know of a park or other places in your community where dogs are brought by their owners to play with other dogs. Alternatively, you might know someone with a pet that you can ask to visit. Later in the disease, robotic pets or even soft toys have shown to be a good replacement, without the possible 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 €