UK – NICE pushes social prescribing for dementia

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released an update to its quality standard on dementia, stating that patients should be offered activities that can help promote wellbeing.

The guidance suggests that those living with dementia should be offered activities such as “exercise, aromatherapy, art, gardening, baking, reminiscence therapy, music therapy, mindfulness and animal assisted therapy to help promote their wellbeing.”

The quality standard highlights the need to offer carers of people living with dementia education and skills training. This could include education about dementia, its symptoms and the changes to expect as the condition progresses. Skills training could include personalised strategies to help them provide care, including how to understand and respond to changes in behaviour.

It also recognises the importance of providing informal carers with the support they need to enable them to manage the stresses and demands of caregiving and to fulfil their role…