Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Helping people with dementia and their carers to live well through holidays, training and research.
Dementia Adventure offer small group, supported holidays for people with dementia and their partners, family, friends or carers to enjoy together.
“It is estimated that one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2021. Until there is a cure we need ways to live better with dementia, slow its progress and reduce the likelihood of developing the condition”
They also provide training and consultancy services tailored towards both individuals and organisations.
What Dementia Adventure do, and why it matters
It is estimated that one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2021. Until there is a cure we need ways to live better with dementia, slow its progress and reduce the likelihood of developing the condition.
Dementia Adventure is a multi-award winning charity with a simple mission: to enable people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature & retain a sense of adventure. Often a person with dementia finds that their life changes dramatically. Holidays, travel & outdoor activity may feel like things that are no longer available to them. Yet there are huge benefits to keeping active & getting outdoors. DA specialises in supported holidays for people with dementia & their carers to enjoy together.
Dementia Adventure believes in focusing on the individual, not the disease. By looking at what people can do, rather than what they can’t, DA support them to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community. Since 2009 they have trained thousands of individuals and organised many supported dementia holidays—making a huge difference to people with dementia and their carers.
As well as the boost to quality of life that supported holidays offer to people living with dementia and their carers, DA take an active role in research. Armed with their research data, they hope to help people living with dementia to get outside, continue to be active members of their community and carry on doing the things they love.
The immense value of the work done by DA can be seen at https://dementiaadventure.co.uk/about-us/our-impact/. The moving stories of families who have experienced the support of DA first hand say more than we ever could about the difference your donations will make to the quality of life of families living with dementia.
Like so many other families, we have first hand experience of living with the effects of dementia. Matt's grandfather suffered from dementia, and my grandma is currently living with it. Dementia can strip a person of their dignity, alter their personalities and put terrible strain on the people around them.
My Grandma and Grandad were the most inspiring and incredible examples of compassion and humanity that anyone could wish for. Grandad Tom had a myriad health problems as he grew older, but nothing, absolutely nothing, would stand in his way of being the most loving and attentive carer my Grandma Gladys could possibly have hoped for. Their hard earned retirement was completely dominated by their declining health, and all their plans for their time together became a day by day slog of navigating the ravages of dementia.
Dementia Adventure would have been perfect for my grandparents. Grandad would have loved to have been able to take Grandma away on holiday; to have a bit of a rest himself, but above all to see Grandma happy outdoors. Despite everything my grandparents went through, they retained a sense of humour, their love for each other, and an enviable perspective of life right to the bitter end.
I only wish it had been easier for them.