Every person living with dementia is an individual, a fact that is celebrated in the Cardiff exhibition Not Forgotten, created as part of the DIAL project.
DIAL was launched in 2016 by Platfform. Running in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, the project aims to deliver much needed services that improve the lives of people living with dementia and those who care for them. “What are your interests and your ambitions?” aren’t questions we usually associate with dementia care, but DIAL turns these expectations around. In place of focusing on a medicalised version of the condition that looks purely at symptoms and safety, each individual’s all-round needs are considered.
The benefits of spending time with friends, being part of our communities, and taking part in exercise are well researched and documented. DIAL is committed to putting each of these important aspects of wellbeing into action, with tailor-made support that helps the individual develop a sense of fulfilment, whilst keeping their minds active and stimulated.
The activities and experiences carried out as part of the project are resulting in positive feedback and outcomes for participants and their carers.
Reduced levels of isolation, improved self-esteem as well as increased confidence mean people living with dementia can stay in their own homes for longer, and don’t need to spend as much time in hospital. Research also demonstrates that taking part in exercise can slow the onset of dementia, so participants benefit from their increased physical activity.
Not Forgotten is a powerful exhibition, which shares stories of life beyond dementia, as told by the people themselves who are supported by DIAL. Discover these unique voices, stories and memories at Cardiff Story Museum from 5th – 7th July.
The exhibition and workshop sessions will all run during 5 – 7th July.