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Keeping the mind active

Activities to Share 

Activities to Share is a website that offers activity resources for older people, in particular those with dementia or disabilities. The company provides products to care homes, day centres and supporting living schemes in the UK and abroad. Activities range from puzzles, board games, painting tools and outdoor activities. Items can be ordered via the website, over email or by phone. email icon email
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Age UK computer training 

Age UK runs a range of courses around the country that teach the basic computer skills. It also has online resources such as an A-Z of computing, advice on setting up an email account, information on using Skype and how to use social media websites. There is also a range of downloadable resources and links to other useful websites. email icon
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Arts 4 Dementia 

This is a website that aims to empower "people with memory loss through artistic stimulation". It offers a detailed Event Search to find local events, covering everything from Art and Design, to Music and Dance. It also offers training days and workshops for artistic organisations. email icon email
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Gardening for Disabled Trust 

Gardening for Disabled Trust is a charity that believes that age, accident or disability shouldn’t stop people from enjoying gardening. They provide grants to people to help adapt their gardens so that they are able to maintain them themselves. Membership is required to apply for a grant, and the site recommends that people research the available options and visit gardens to get an idea of what is possible. The website offers a useful catalogue of services, such as links to ergonomic gardening tools, specialist greenhouse and other options. email icon
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Hotcourses 

Hotcourses is a directory of UK courses, including fun and short courses. It has a topic search and courses can be filtered by location. The courses on offer range from creative, like photography and crafts, to practical, such as learning to use a computer or basic first aid. Fun and short courses don’t tend to have any entry requirements, so they attract a wide range of people with different skills and abilities. email icon
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Living made easy 

Living made easy offers daily living equipment, which are products and tools to make things easier around the home. This includes things like mobility aids, as well as items that help make leisure activities easier. Items are sold through resellers, but this website shows all available products. There is a dedicated helpline to talk through needs and there is a demonstration centre in London where products can be tested before buying. There is also a community forum where you can discuss your needs. email icon
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Silver Comedy 

Silver Comedy is a social enterprise that seeks to enrich the lives of older people through actively engaging them in comedy workshops and performances. It aims to: * Provide a relaxed welcoming environment for people to have fun and share laughter * Reduce social isolation * Challenge stereotypes associated with ageing * Give older people a forum to explore their issues through comedy Silver Comedy works throughout the UK and with any kind of older people’s group, including day centres, supported housing and care homes. email icon email
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Sing for your Life 

Sing for your Life runs Silver Song Clubs, which are regular sessions of singing and music making for older people and, where appropriate, their carers. Over 1,500 people attend a Silver Song Club, where sessions involve singing, movement and percussion for 90 minutes, with a refreshment break. The music and songs are familiar and selected to help stimulate memories. The company also provides the Silver Song Music Box, which helps to continue the benefits of the song club sessions by allowing residential care homes to provide more sessions. It provides a piano backing track and the words to songs presented clearly on a television screen. There are plenty of songs to choose from. email icon email
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Thrive 

Thrive is a charity in the UK that is using gardening to changes the lives of disabled people. They aim to help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment or in a community setting. The website offers tip for disabled and older age gardeners to help them in their own gardens, and Thrive also run a range of garden and parks projects nationally. email icon email
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