Plea to create games for dementia sufferers
Councillor says move would keep minds active
SPECIALISED Snakes and Ladders is one idea to keep active the minds of dementia sufferers.
Campaigners think more should be done for the growing number of such people.
Little Chalfont parish councillor Janet Walford, whose mother has the condition, believes companies should invent specialist games for people with dementia.
Mrs Walford said: “There could be Snakes and Ladders for dementia sufferers or the makers of the game Candy Crush could make it with bigger pieces.
“Nobody makes these games for people who have mental health problems but they should do. The games would entertain them and keep them mentally engaged.”
She added: “My mother would love something like that and it would keep her mind engaged. They need to stimulate their minds or else they just sit around like vegetables.
“Over 30 per cent of adults today can expect to have some form of dementia before they die, and the number is increasing.
“It is a queue that we
(From left) Marie Shouler are potentially all standing in. When thinking about dementia care, people should remember this could be them in a few years, or someone close to them.”
Manager of the Woodlands Park Centre in Great Missenden, Marie Shouler, who has been shortlisted for the National Dementia Care Personality award, thinks it is about a shift in attitude.
The centre provides support for people with dementia, offering activities such as cooking and painting.
Mrs Shouler said: “I think it is important that people in the community are more patient towards dementia sufferers.”
She hopes to run workshops for people in Great Missenden so they understand how to deal with those with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society offers free activities such as dementia cafes with speakers and a programme where dementia sufferers come together to sing.
Dementia support worker Caroline ArnettWilsher said: “The activities can make a huge difference, we have had to start a waiting list for the singing as it is so popular.
“It stimulates long-term memory.”
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and Janet Walford