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Altura Learning supports World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign organised each year in September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

The statistics speak for themselves : 2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action. At Altura Learning we truly believe that learning improves the quality of care we provide to those we care for.

As part of our support, we are pleased to share our video “Dementia – Engaging the person with meaningful activities” – free of charge for the care sector for the duration of World Alzheimer’s Month.

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About the course

The term ‘activity’ traditionally conjures up images of craft groups, or people sitting in circles doing group activities and exercises. However, it can be too easy for individuals to be involved in these types of activities, without being ‘engaged’ with them.

When we talk about ‘activity’ in care environments, and more particularly in dementia care, we are not simply referring to pre-arranged group activities and events, at pre-arranged times, in pre-arranged locations. It is more often about looking for, and creating, spontaneous opportunities for meaningful social interaction and stimulation. This may even be as simple as a brief one on one interaction or conversation that enriches a person’s life and contributes to a person’s feelings of worth and wellbeing.

In this programme we explore what is a meaningful activity is and provide suggestions for staff how to find opportunities to engage residents in a activity or interaction that is meaningful i.e. it should tap into a ‘need’ or something of personal significance to the individual. It is not simply about the ‘act’ of ‘doing’ something, it is about creating a positive feeling and a sense of fulfilment.

Our Expert

Sylvie Silver is the Director of the National Association for Providers of Activities (NAPA) a charity focusing on activity provision in care settings. Prior to working for NAPA, she was a Leisure Services Manager for 7 years in a nursing home for older people during which time she gained a diploma in Performance Coaching and achieved the City and Guilds 6977 Certificate in Providing Therapeutic Activities for Older People. In the past she has managed an activity based day service for adults with learning disabilities and worked with children with special needs.

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