We all know someone affected by dementia, with a staggering 225,000 people predicted to develop dementia this year. However, according to research by the Alzheimer’s Society, 46% of carers have admitted they struggle to provide appropriate and stimulating recreational activities for people with dementia.
For someone living with dementia, it’s the minute by minute experiences which help enrich their lives. An incremental moment in time, in which a memory is sparked or a human connection is made, is precious.
That is why Boots have been working with Professor Victoria Tischler, a specialist in dementia care at the University of West London to evaluate how multi-sensory memory boxes can have a therapeutic benefit for care home residents living with dementia.
Using items from the Boots archive to create the memory boxes, Professor Tischler is particularly interested in how the sense of smell can trigger memories, making the Boots archive a rich resource as it’s contains tens of thousands of items such as scents, soaps, creams and lotions that date back to the 1800s.
To find out more about how Boots supports people living with dementia and for tips on creating your very own memory box visit www.boots.com/dementia-friends or pick up a Living with Dementia guide in-store.