Sensory engagement

Sensory changes can occur as a result of ageing, dementia or a combination of the two. The world may not look, sound, smell, taste or feel as it used to, and this can impact on quality of life for a person with dementia.  

There are ways to help support and engage the person – this can be via social inclusion through hobbies, interest, and social groups and by engagement of the five senses. 

This resource is for carers and care and support teams. It includes practical suggestions for engaging our senses, while introducing some of the ways in which a person’s senses may be affected by dementia.