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Changing older people’s lives through interactive drama

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Older people and care staff dressed up for a wedding while improvising a scene from The Sound of Music isn’t what most of us would expect when visiting a care home.

Yet there’s evidence to show that interactive drama can transform the lives of care home residents – especially those living with dementia.

Ladder to the Moon is creating an online platform designed to train carers in interactive drama techniques, so more of the 250,000 people living with dementia in UK care homes can benefit from this effective approach.

Staff work hard to meet residents’ needs, but older people can experience a poor quality of life, especially if they have depression.

Interactive drama is a proven tool for encouraging interaction and inspiring new relationships. Plus, digital devices can enhance the experience: adding music, projections, and the ability to relive the experience.

Online platforms are a powerful way to up-skill lots of people at once. And Ladder to the Moon’s platform aims to give care workers across the UK, the easy-to-follow training they need to run interactive sessions – no experience necessary!

This approach has already been very successful in America, and now Nominet Trust is funding Ladder to the Moon to develop this approach in the UK by piloting UK care homes.

By helping transform care home lounges into stages, staff have the opportunity to play a new role in improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Ladder to the Moon has been approved for funding from Nominet Trust.  Funding is subject to successfully completing our project initiation process.