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HOW ACTIVITIES ENRICH LIVES WITH DEMENTIA In the later stages of dementia people experience short-term memory loss and you may wonder if engaging them in activities is worthwhile, since they may not remember later. Current scientific understanding suggests that, like the general population, the positive feelings and sense of accomplishment during an activity can last beyond the activity itself. This is likely because the brain's pleasure and reward systems still function to some extent. Anecdotal evidence reports that this temporary mood boost can bring positive moments to their lives, which may be repeated and can also be helpful in managing challenging behaviours. It's important to note that responses can vary from person to person and day to day, and more research is needed for a complete understanding, but in the meantime anyone can easily use our activities to enrich the lives of those living with dementia
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For those in the later stages of dementia ‘’Play is not concerned with keeping people busy or improving their cognitive health, but rather with connecting emotionally to other people and having the freedom to express oneself.’’
(Aagje Swinnen, PhD & Kate de Medeiros, PhD, The Gerontologist 2017) *
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''What a wonderful idea and tool to have to help people with dementia for a conversation piece. Having had worked with people with dementia and a family member that had dementia I know that they would benefit from such a wonderful activity.'' CJ
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Why we do what we do....
Our vision is inspired by personal experience, backed up by scientific research and driven by our passion to bring light to the lives of all those living with dementia. Our products are based on classic toy designs and use vintage styling to create a feeling of familiarity. These will be gifts you will love to give, and use together. Our beautifully presented products are designed to engage the curiosity of those in the later stages of Dementia. Our designs, based on classic toys and activities, then adapted for ease of use, evoke memories of early childhood, as these are the memories that tend to endure the test of time. Timeless Presents gifts are also designed to help the interactions and connections between you. When you use one of our products together it becomes a tool, a focus for the time you spend together. To get the best results it's important to keep the conversation lighthearted and fun while being aware of, and making allowances for, any cognitive decline.
Paying it Forward?
If you love what we do and would just like to contribute, you can use our donation link. Any amount will make a meaningful impact. All donations will be used to provide our products to care homes, day centre's and other organisations dedicated to assisting individuals with dementia. If you wish to make a donation in memory of someone, we'd be honoured to include a note on your behalf. Kindly send us a message with the details you're comfortable sharing.
The Timeless Presents dementia journey started one spring afternoon. My Dad had Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of Dementia. One day, we were in the car together, I was driving when he suddenly exclaimed ‘Oh! Look at the flowers on the trees!’ He had forgotten that trees blossom in the spring and had been moved by the unexpected display all along the road. It could have been a moment of sadness for me but I saw them through his eyes, as though for the first time, and shared his wonder. Reflecting on this moment in subsequent days I made a decision, that I would take the journey with him, that perhaps there might be other moments of joy on the way. Over time his vocabulary decreased, and the number of things he had to say diminished, but he didn’t lose the desire to communicate. As he progressed into the later stages he moved to a care home. Communication became harder and visits didn’t offer much joy. We had been told that memories were generally lost in reverse order, that the newest memories were the first to be lost but the earliest ones would remain longest. We recognised that familiar activities from his childhood might engage him, so we tried again to look at the world through his eyes. We looked for activities that would be instinctively familiar from childhood, that would require little or no explaining and bought him presents based on this idea. This part of our journey inspired many more moments of fun, connection and love. With Timeless Presents we want to share the things we learnt. It's our sincere hope that with these gifts you too can find moments of shared joy with those people in your life who have dementia. Sharon & Chris Daltrey PS. We are committed to donating part of our profits to charities searching for a cure for different dementia's.
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