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Screenshot 2014-05-28 09.47.18Try out the age-old tradition of straw craft with your loved one by making a corn dolly. There are instructions here





Screenshot 2014-05-28 10.06.58There are many ways to create your own Family Recipe Book and most of the online, digital photo companies provide you with free software to help you to do this. For just one example, click here

How about printing extra copies of your book and selling it to raise money for a local dementia charity?

To source some lovely, old cooking utensils, please click here


Screenshot 2014-05-28 10.56.00The Alzheimer’s Society are working with Nestle to create reminiscence packs using vintage wrappers and packaging, specially designed for people with dementia. To find out more, click here




Screenshot 2014-05-28 10.59.29For a fantastic guide to researching the history of your high street, click here





Screenshot 2014-05-28 11.05.55Did you know that there is an entire website dedicated to vintage make-up? You can find out about the history of make-up, the colour palettes that were popular and pick up some tips on applying vintage make-up, by clicking here. How about dressing up in vintage clothes, applying make-up and organising a glamorous photo-shoot?




Screenshot 2014-05-28 11.10.52Retro-decorating involved surrounding people with dementia with objects from the past (such as an old-fashioned toaster) and using colour and lights to make daily tasks simpler. To find out more, and to pick up some tips, click here and here




Screenshot 2014-05-28 11.18.20Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory and is highly emotive. For a fascinating insight into the power of smell, click here




Screenshot 2014-05-28 11.22.26As dementia progresses, you may find that your loved one favours sweet tastes. For some healthier alternative to sugary treats, please click here



Screenshot 2014-05-28 11.25.39For instructions on how to make a shoe shine box together, please click here