Oaklands House residents enjoyed an afternoon reading and sharing stories for National Story Telling Week. From books to their own past stories, all brought much engagement, joy, and laughter. Storytelling is an age-old tradition around the world. It can also be a form of therapy for people living with dementia, which increases empathy and memory retention. Although there are several types of storytelling and reminiscing, they all provide benefits.
Our residents also took part in a therapeutic activity doing jigsaw puzzles for national puzzle day. Puzzles allow for increased mental stimulation and increased “good feelings”, are a great way to boost brain function, and improve memory and concentration. Others enjoyed using shapes and picture boards matching shapes and colours. Everyone involved said how much they enjoyed the afternoon.