If you know someone with dementia or if you have early-stage dementia then come along to The Spring in Havant this February to find out how nature can help.
Most people know about loss of memory and language in dementia. However, very few know about the changes in sensory function which accompany this.
Our unique hands-on theatre experience has been created by people with dementia, their families and their carers. The aim is to provide a fun and interactive session to help visitors understand some of the sensory changes that take place.
How we sense the world is hardwired throughout our minds. But as dementia progresses so our perception of the world taken in by our senses alters. This leads to changes in the way reality is felt, seen, heard, smelt and tasted. As a result people with dementia can find themselves in an increasingly unfamiliar world.
How sensory changes impact on people with dementia
Without knowledge of the sensory changes that take place family members, including children, are often uncertain about how to communicate with their loved ones.
So they fall back on use of words and a reliance on memory with a growing sense of frustration when this no longer works.
This pop-up experience will give you an insight into how sensory changes can impact on an individual. It will provide you with tools to continue to communicate with a loved one as memory and language fragment. It will help you make a difference.
Our research shows that applying a programme of nature therapy improved the quality of life and wellbeing for a person with dementia. It also shows that carers experience fewer symptoms of burn out.
So far the pop up theatre has been a teaching tool for students and professionals.
Now, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we are able to offer it free of charge to anyone who may benefit from knowing more about sensory communication.
People with late-stage dementia do benefit from sensory activities but the pop-up sensory theatre at The Spring is not suitable for this group.
I am sure those in the early stages of dementia, their carers and anyone with an interest in the disease will find it fascinating.
Come and join us. We look forward to welcoming you.