It's dementia awareness week (DAW2017) , a time to reflect on all that has been achieved and all the work that remains to be done in raising public awareness about the daily challenges that people with dementia face in getting around their city. Dementia doesn’t just affect memory, it can affect any function that our brain controls and one of the most challenging changes is when someone has problems with perception. This can cause problems judging distances – knowing where steps and pavements start and finish, silver stairs and escalators appearing like a steep slope – that makes life in shops and buildings pretty difficult.
Sand Play is a playful 'game' that can last about an hour and is aimed at encouraging creative lateral thinking, sensory awareness and memory recall. The 'game' could apply to all people with or without dementia. During Sand Play we can appreciate and use all our five senses; sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste.