OAPs get creative with special iPad scheme

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A scheme designed to empower and develop creativity for people with dementia has proved a massive success.

Residents at Abbeyfield residential unit in Alnwick have been getting a taste of all things digital in the hope of creating a stronger connection with their past.

iPad engAGE aims to inspire creativity through iPads, using various digital applications.

The activities range from animation to visual arts, poetry and role play while using the appropriate apps as the main source of information.

The scheme is directly focussed on individuals living with dementia and their carers, with the purpose of improving engagement, curiosity and digital confidence.

Activities coordinator Freda Snaith said: “iPad engAGE aims to use the iPads to stimulate the senses with particular benefit for people with dementia because it enables them to do things on the iPad that they may not be able to use their hands for or use their arms for.

“Little things can bring back memories. We use apps like eBooks which creates a digital book for them all with various things inside.

“For one lady it stimulated her to think back to her wedding, which she’d never mentioned before. You can imagine for elderly people who have no knowledge of computers and things like that, how much of a novelty it can be.”

The scheme was funded by the Arts Council and the Lottery Fund but now Freda runs classes with volunteers.