Dementia Adventure is multi-award winning charity supporting people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
The number of people living with dementia in the UK is set to rise to 2 million by 2051. In fact, someone develops dementia every three minutes. Whilst we wait and hope for a cure, there is much that can be done right now to care for and enable people living with dementia to live healthier, more active and enjoyable lives and bring emotional, social and physical benefits to dementia affected families. This is the challenge ahead of us as a society and why Dementia Adventure exist.
Research shows that engagement with the natural environment can have a positive effect on people living with dementia. Getting outdoors and keeping active can enable people living with dementia to feel well and even experience a temporary reduction or absence of dementia related symptoms. However, without the right kind of support, people with dementia can find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time indoors and unable to take part in activities they once enjoyed. Dementia Adventure believes in thinking differently about dementia. With the right support, people living with dementia can continue to enjoy outdoor activities, keep active and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
The charity specialises in designing and delivering supported dementia holidays and short breaks for people with dementia and their partner, family member or friend to enjoy together as an alternative to traditional ‘respite’.
“Alzheimer's makes day to day living very lonely and boring. It was great to be with people who understood. It gave us a chance to forget, just have fun and be able to laugh again. I saw glimpses of David that I haven't seen for a long time” – Gill
They use the practical experience of supporting people with dementia on holidays to design training for staff and volunteers from a range of organisations as well as ‘thinking differently about dementia’ family carer events.
‘It’s made me feel less alone and more optimistic on this journey’
And their work is grounded in research into the benefits of outdoor activity for people with dementia.