Outside-the-box dementia-friendly activities and events

Getting out and getting active is incredibly important for those living with dementia. Taking part in activities and events that are specially designed for people dealing with the condition is a great way to trigger memories, make friends and ensure your loved one has some fun. Events and activities take place in towns and cities across the UK. These are some of our favourite, outside-the-box sessions to help get you started.

DanceMoves Dancing with Dementia

Held in the Horizon Resource Centre in Cambridge, DanceMoves gives those living with dementia the chance to get on their feet and have some fun. Participants can enjoy a chair-based warmup before hitting the dance floor. Sessions end with a bit of relaxation and massage, giving everyone the chance to unwind. Warm and welcoming, this is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to have some fun and make new friends.

Sporting Memories

People living with dementia often find that their memories are triggered by the things that are most familiar to them. For those who’ve spent most of their lives watching and taking part in football, rugby, golf or any other type of activity, sport may well be one of the best memory triggers around.

Sporting Memories sessions take place in locations across the country. Run by The Sporting Memories Foundation, these events use, photos, memorabilia and anecdotes to stimulate people living with dementia and help them to stay active.

Dementia-Friendly Heritage Health Walks  

Starting from the Red House Museum in Christchurch, these Dementia-Friendly Heritage Health Walks give people living with the condition the chance to get out and get active. Walks last approximately 30-40 minutes and give participants plenty of opportunities to stop and rest on the way.

These events give people living with dementia, and their carers, the chance to discover a different side of Christchurch. All walks are led by trained volunteers and refreshments are provided at the museum following the event.

Singing Group, Aylsham

Singing can be a fantastic way to trigger memories, have fun and burn off some energy. This musical group is open to people with dementia and their carers and is held in Aylsham and District Care Trust Centre once a month.

Brand Memories

Like sport and music, adverts can help to trigger memories and stimulate people living with dementia. This Brand Memories event takes place at the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill, London. During the activity, volunteers will lead reminiscing sessions and bring museum displays to life. Sessions are specially designed for those living with dementia and are a great opportunity for participants to remember some of the best and most important products from their youths.

You can find out more about these events, and about other activities happening in your local area by going to My Dementia Network