According to community artist Carol Parker the last part of the brain to be affected by dementia is creativity.
She believes that helping people living with dementia to engage in creative activities can trigger other parts of the brain.
She can cite examples of one man suddenly mentioning his wife’s name, something he hadn’t done for a long time, or another with his hands in clay being reminded of making chappatis in India.
Marilyn Morris uses nostalgia in the same way to trigger memories for people who attend the Dementia Cafe. There they use artefacts such as old photographs and adverts as well as serving the type of food that might have been familiar to people in their earlier days, such as stew and dumplings, liver and onion and rice pudding.