Dementia Adventure is an innovative charity with a simple mission: to enable people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
We all know that simply getting outdoors is good for us, and people with dementia are no different. Dementia Adventure therefore believes in thinking differently about dementia, with a focus on the individual, and not on the illness itself.
A report published last year by Natural England, in collaboration with Dementia Adventure, revealed that 74% of people living with dementia and their family carers lack the confidence to go outdoors. But engaging in outdoor activities that have a purpose, and involve other people, provides the greatest motivation for those with the condition.
Supported holidays can make a massive difference to the quality of life experienced by people living with dementia and their carers – removing the barriers that often prevent people from taking a break, and allowing those living with dementia to enjoy time away together with their partner, family or friends.
With the generous £650,000 funding received to date, players of People's Postcode Lottery directly help Dementia Adventure keep the cost of these short breaks affordable for more people, allowing them access to the outdoors in a meaningful way. This year, the charity will deliver 24 holidays in 13 different locations across the UK, with the potential to benefit 192 people.
Furthermore, research from Dementia Adventure shows that a supported holiday continues to have a positive effect on the overall wellbeing of both the person with dementia and their carer for a considerable time after it has ended:
• 100% of carers and 76% of people with dementia reported feeling positive after the holiday,
• 73% of carers said they felt that the holiday would help them sustain their caring role at home for longer,
• 100% of those surveyed felt well supported on the holiday.
Rachel, a Dementia Adventure holiday client, described her experience with the charity: "Fully supported, caring people, and access to activities that would otherwise have been impossible."