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Prolonging the caree active mind  

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Has now-elderly caree Enid an active mind?  

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  1. Diary page here 
  2. Our videos, songs and music here
  3. Religious aspects here
  4. Person-centred Tests Home page 
Proprietary Dementia Reminiscence Activities - Happy Days here

Impersonalisation demonstrated

Letter to caree 16 March 2015 here

Non-person-centred Caree assessment 17 August 2015 here.  My contribution reduced the impersonalisation.


  1. Diary dealings
  2. Keep singing
  3. Religious aspects
  4. Other aspects 
  5. Evaluation


1  Diary dealings

  1. Make things easy to comprehend as in telling the caree who is dom-caring  on a daily basis: showing the main events for the week as seen on the Diary dealings page here    The spare names have been removed to reduce complexity.

  2. Make things easy to comprehend as in using the same posting each time a specific event occurs - also a magnetic strip.

  3. Write irregular events in clear board marker ink.

  4. Involve your caree in preparing the new board on Sunday afternoon . . . 

  5. . . .  at the same time each Sunday email.

  6. Look back now and then at last week, month, decade etc

2  Keep singing - 

  1. Everyday, my wife and I enjoy sessions together with the question "What shall we sing? ".

  2. There are other sessions - listening and doing small, very low-key tests like "Oh, where did we live when that song was well-known?".  

  4. Our videos, songs and music are looked at 2/7  here  The page begins with birds.  An aspect of Teresa's condition occurs from time to time - not wanting to go out.  "I want to watch the birds."

  5.  A Spotify session  occurs at bedtime with focus on soporific song/music and no singing .  

Those who are not au fait  with Spotify are not told there that you create your own lists with ease, and it's easy to add or erase songs etc.  However, if you use an Ipad or tablet, you need a Mac to do the admin.

It is even used as a tool in helping and gauging her memory in her onset dementia situation.  

Half the first line is given/sung/hummed to see if she can complete it.

I might stop a song at just before the chorus to see if she remembers any of it.  


Find Singing for the brain  near you here.   

Hereford here

3  Religious aspects here

4  Other aspects 

4.1  Memorabilia

Of course, we look at old diaries, old and recent photos, and other items which keep minds active. 

4.2  Bird-watching

I have stepped up the bird-watching activity recently and Teresa is keen on looking at the birds in competition with the TV.  She sees them and it from her recliner.  The birds play in front of a raised flower bed in line with her view.  The bird videos are helping a lot with bird names.  Asking her the names of flowers etc is another activity.

Our videos, songs and music  here

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4.3   Suggested Activities

Do arts and crafts, such as painting or knitting. Keep tools and patterns simple.

Organize household or office items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks.

Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment.

Tend the garden or visit a botanical garden.

Read the newspaper.

Look at books the person used to enjoy.

Cook or bake simple recipes together.

Work on puzzles.

Watch family videos.


4.4  Can brain exercises help delay memory loss or dementia?

When people keep their minds active, their thinking skills are less likely to decline, research shows. So games, puzzles, and other types of brain training may help slow memory loss and other mental problems.  more

4.5  Physically active lifestyle

Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition. Physical activities are sometimes defined as those activities that increase your heart rate and cause you to breathe more deeply. This includes everyday activities such as walking, gardening or dancing, as well as sports and exercises with the specific aim of improving fitness.  more

4.6   Lifestyle choices can protect your brain

We have seen some and they are formalised here.

4.7   7 tips to improve your memory here

4.8   Learn a Language more

4.9   Arguments can help put off dementia here

4.10  Our bird station here

5     Find out about 

UK Dementia Meeting Centres via the Homepage  here


5  Evaluation

Part of this involves assessing the situation from time to time - Person-centred Tests Home page 


.  Aspects of it help keep the mind active. but not if you wear a white coat and use a clipboard.  You need to be creative, not a box-ticker. 

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