• Summarises the main objectives (immediate, therapeutic and preventative) of leisure in the context of dementia
  • Discusses issues which need to be considered before organising leisure activities such as the social history of the patient and their individual needs
  • Outlines the role of the carer and the significance of organising activities tailored to the individual needs of the patient

Although people with dementia have a diminished framework for understanding leisure activities, life skills and independence, they continue to experience the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Leisure provides opportunities of the pursuit of pleasure and fulfilment, and offers a means of improved self-image through the achievement of goals. Positive leisure experiences provide hope and enthusiasm. In this chapter, learn about the importance of leisure and how to undertake simple activities that can improve the quality of life of dementia patients.

Contents include

  • Objectives of leisure
  • Assessing needs and making plans
    • Social history, different levels of need and individual needs
  • Benefits from engaging in leisure
  • The role of the carer
    • Developing relationships
    • Reminiscence and generativity
    • The importance of humour
    • Adaptation of environment
    • Meaningful leisure activities
    • Useful resources
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Author / Editor Biographies

Sally Bowen comes from a teaching background and holds a degree in social sciences and postgraduate qualifications in aged care. She began working in aged care in 1994 as an activity director, and has become committed to the implementation of various activities and programs as part of her holistic understanding of dementia care. Sally has developed a particular interest in Validation therapy, and this has enhanced her communication with people with dementia and her skills in providing leisure opportunities for older people in general. Sally is committed to a team-oriented approach in which the...

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