#DailyArtsMedicine – Engaging from home

Chatty Wednesdays

Resources

Activities 

Entertainment

A4D is working to enable those affected by dementia and those who care for them to be supported, stimulated and connected, even from home. Following government advice that all non-essential contact should be avoided, we are searching out ways to best support remotely all those who engage with us. Now, more than ever, it is important to continue to share and engage creatively where we can. 

Below, you can find out more information about our new initiative “Chatty Wednesdays” and find resources, entertainment and activities you can access from home to keep your creative juices flowing. 

We are still reachable by email, our website, and by phone – just call our regular office number to get in contact.

 

Chatty Wednesdays

We may be experiencing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still catch up!

Chatty Wednesdays is an opportunity for people with dementia and their companions to socialise, engage creatively, and share experiences and ideas in an online video group chat via Zoom. You can show something you’ve created at home or talk about a book you’re reading, anything that may be interesting or useful for others – or even to get something off your chest.

Let’s all stay stimulated, re-energised, and connected, even from home!

Fill in our form here to register your interest.

 

Resources

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK has local groups of volunteers helping to provide support and aid in their communities, perhaps buying groceries for those self-isolating or just being available to chat on the phone. You can find your local community group on their website.

Community Aid Groups Here you can find a list of community aid groups who are offering out help to locals. They are listed by area and cover most of the UK. Check out this page to find your nearest group.

Dementia Talking Point is an online community run by Alzheimer’s Society. It offers a space for those affected by dementia to share experiences and receive support.

 

Activities

Yoga with Adriene  We all know that yoga is a great activity for both physical and mental health, and ‘Yoga with Adriene’ allows you to take part at home! Here, you can access yoga and meditation videos for varying skill levels (try searching ‘chair yoga’ for something different)! This activity has been recommended by A4D participants, David and Rachel.

Create to Connect is a two week initiative of daily creative challenges beginning on Monday 23rd March. Sign up to be sent stimulating activities to do from home!

 

Entertainment

The Wind in the Willows West End – Online Streaming! The 2017 West End adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved The Wind in the Willows has been made available to stream online for free. Enjoy!

The Royal Opera House are launching a schedule of free online content that can be accessed anywhere, anytime! Their offerings vary from online broadcasts, musical masterclasses, and cultural insights into the world of ballet and opera. Click through to find out more about this specially curated online programme of events

Songhaven: Dementia-friendly Music Events  Songhaven is launching a ‘Virtual Concert Archive’, so you can still enjoy professional concerts from your home! Subscribe to their mailing list to receive links to their concert films.

The Wildlife Trust’s Live Webcams! The Wildlife Trust have webcams scattered across the British Isles, allowing you to see wildlife up close and personal from your own home.