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How print could help 5,000+ people with dementia in Bucks

The Alzheimer's Society & Epson Printers have teamed up.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:48am 19th December 2019. 3-minute read.

How print could help 5,000+ people with dementia in Bucks

A dementia charity and a printing company have teamed up, to try and help those living with the condition in Buckinghamshire this Christmas.

Around 5,700 people here have dementia or Alzheimer's and the Alzheimer's Society say printed photos or text can really help them get through the confusion of changed routines at this time.

Tim Beanland, from the charity, told us why that's needed more at this time of year:

"Christmas, in our experience, can be stressful.

"It can be enjoyable for people with dementia, like the rest of us, but it can also be stressful because routines get changed, there can be large numbers of visitors, which sometimes can be confusing and there is often too much going on with the presents and the turkey, so people can feel overwhelmed."

Christmas can be a very distressing time for those living with dementia and according to a new survey conducted with professionals working directly with those living with dementia, 82% agree that this is a particularly difficult period for those affected.

The change that comes with the festive period, how old traditions may no longer be possible and the excess pressure to have a great time can all be factors in causing excess distress for sufferers and their families. 

Pile of photos

The study has found print can be a great way to help people living with dementia- printing photographs help sufferers relive memories and printed to-do lists can help remind those living with dementia of important tasks. 

Charlie de la Haye, from Epson UK, told us why print helps:

"Print is real, it's something you can hold in your hand, it's something you can stick on a cupboard door or in a photo album.

"I think these practical elements are very useful for people with dementia, just in terms of exercising their mind but also staying connected to close friends and family."

62% of people living with dementia use printed information or photographs to help with memory at least once a day, and 90% of respondents say printers have a positive role to play in helping people living with dementia on a daily basis. 

Get advice from the Society here.

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