Dementia Adventure is a 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.
Dementia is an umbrella term for different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function, for which there is currently no cure. It is the number one cause of death in the UK.
There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with that number projected to rise to 2 million by 2051. In fact, someone develops dementia every three minutes. It’s estimated that two-thirds of people with dementia are living in the community and are likely to be looked after by an unpaid family caregiver. Whilst we wait and hope for a cure, there is much that we can do right now to care for and enable people with dementia to live healthier, more active, and enjoyable lives.
Research shows that meaningful activity and connection with the natural environment can have a positive effect on people with dementia and can slow down the progression of the condition, helping them to live in the earlier stages for longer.
However, without the right support, people with dementia can spend a disproportionate amount of time indoors and cannot take part in activities they once enjoyed. This isolation results in an unnecessary decline in their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Dementia Adventure believes in thinking differently about dementia. Our positive focus is on the individual and not on the condition. We look at what people can do, not what they can’t. We concentrate on ‘the possible’. With the right support, people can continue to do the things they have always enjoyed, keep active and remain a valued member of society.
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They offer a range of services and support:
Free online training for the friends and family of people living with dementia. Attendees connect with experienced dementia trainers to learn how to understand the condition and receive practical guidance to help them in their role.
As an alternative to traditional respite for people with dementia and their carers, we enable both parties to enjoy a holiday, short-break to local outing together, supported by our fully trained team.
Our experienced trainers deliver a range of tailored training and support. We can upskill staff and volunteers who support people living with dementia, help to create inclusive and accessible services across an organisation, and support the set-up of a nature-based programme specifically for people living with dementia in their local community.
All our work is grounded in research. We collaborate with academic institutions and the public sector to contribute to the evidence on activity in nature and the benefits it brings to people living with dementia.
Support from players of the People's Postcode Lottery could make a holiday possible for somebody who might otherwise not be able to afford to take a break and provide free dementia training for family carers.