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Living in the present (a game of skittles)

The residents played skittles this morning for about 45 minutes – in the dining room as it was raining. I think this short clip really illustrates how important it is for people with dementia to live mostly ‘in the present’. When we live ‘in the present’ (also known as a state of ‘flow’) our confusion falls away and we just focus without being aware of all the distractions that go on around us. In this state, time stands still and ┬álife is pure joy. There is something about creating a familiar environment (in this case a competitive game of skittles) and doing something familiar that enables people with dementia to get into this state.

 

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