Illuminate: An integrated Curriculum for Early Memory Loss Programmes

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The Illuminate group programme focuses on brain health, sustaining cognitive abilities and enhancing well-being to improve life quality, all taking a Cognitive Stimulation Approach.

The structured 50 sessions, 25 topics and are based on ten themes.

It is ideal for service providers managing clients who have dementia and/or memory loss such as care homes, residential environments, day centres, community based support services, assisted living etc.

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The Illuminate programme is based on the Cognitive Stimulation therapy approach and supports current guidelines to meet standards for dementia care. It aims to preserve memory, abilities and independence by carrying out a variety of purposeful activities and sharing practical strategies or useful lifestyle modifications that can help individuals to live better with memory loss.

It was the outcome of a collaboration of four different memory loss programmes in conjunction with a university research project. The programme is warm and welcoming, yet carefully designed to specifically address important memory loss concerns at the earliest stage. It is based on 10 themes: Camaraderie, Social Interaction, Laughter and Humour, Support from Family and Friends, Physical Exercise, Mental Exercise, Creative Work, Engagement with the Environment, Memory Techniques and Education regarding Memory loss.

The resource is in a pick-up-and-go format with everything required for delivery presented in a simple ring binder so professionals, nurses, social workers and therapists can implement the activities and curriculum easily.

  • Includes weekly agendas and handouts
  • 25 topics and 50 sessions provided
  • Focused on empowering the participants – each follow a set structure with Warm ups, and Educational Topic and Discussion, a creative activity physical fitness, mental fitness and a review of the day supported by relevant tasks that are done at home
  • Includes a participant profile – to help decide who can benefit from the setting
  • Developed in the US
  • Outlines its evidence-base

Useful for any service provider managing clients who have Dementia e.g. care homes, residential environments, hospitals (both inpatient and outpatient services), palliative care environments, community-based support services, day centres, assisted living etc.

“It has been life-changing for me. I have made friends, broadened by horizons, and tremendously enjoyed the mental challenges. I like learning from others and exploring new topics our discussions raise. I have learned new skills and helpful ways to retain information. It has given me a focus and a purpose which have greatly enriched my life.”
June Halpar, programme participant.

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