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Do it Diary

‘Do it Diary’ is a motivational resource to support people living with dementia to be more active, including an activity diary to record progress and an online community to provide peer support.

How does it work?

The resource would include:

  • Health information on physical activity and dementia.
  • Behaviour change exercises to complete, such as: personal reasons for becoming more active, pros and cons, ways to reduce cons, ways to become more active, identifying and overcoming barriers, identifying facilitators, tracking progress (goal-setting), inspirational case studies of active people living with dementia.
  • A weekly activity diary to record goals, identify barriers and ways to overcome these and to record achievement.
  • A link to a digital space (The Feel-Good Forum) to build a community of people living with dementia who want to be more active. This would provide peer support to encourage and provide motivation to be active in the context of living with dementia. It would also be a space to share challenges and successes from their activity diaries and enable us to spotlight successes of users. In addition to sharing resources, users could upload their own content, such as photos and videos, with a hashtag function.

The ‘Do it Diary’ would be distributed to memory clinics to be provided to individuals at the point of diagnosis. Memory Clinics would receive a welcome letter with more explanation about the ‘Do it Diary’. This would include a link (possibly via a QR code) to further information and a video on how to introduce it to someone living with dementia.

In addition, ‘Do it Diary’ would be available directly for people affected by dementia to order from our website (along with other health and care facilities). A link to further information (either via a web address and/or QR code) would be included on the ‘Do it Diary’, signposting to more information and a video on how to use it, plus introducing the digital space – the Feel-Good Forum.

‘Do it Diary’ could be completed by people living with dementia in their own time, or with the support of their carer or health and social care professional as a shared resource to understand their needs. It could be available in different formats, including paper or a reusable/wipeable hard copy, or digital format for the diary/exercises to enable long-term sustainable use.

How does it benefit people affected by dementia?

A simple, relatively low-cost way to implement behaviour change techniques to provide motivation and a tangible way to monitor and celebrate progress.

Questions for everyone (don't worry if you can't answer them all)

  • How much do you like this idea (from 1-10, 10 being high)?
  • Is there anything that exists like this already?
  • What would be the best format for this?
  • How would this be best distributed?
  • Do you have any immediate concerns around this?
  • What do you think of the name - any other ideas for the name?
  • Any additional thoughts or comments?

Questions specifically for people affected by dementia:

  • Would you use this?
  • How and when would you like this to be introduced to you, and by who?
  • How would we attract people who aren’t as active to be interested in using it?

Questions specifically for professionals:

  • Would you give this to your patients?  (If yes – why; If no – why not?
  • How would you envisage this being used?
edited on Apr 4, 2022 by Natasha Howard-Murray
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Sam-P 2 months ago

There may be comparisons with our (Mind's) Wellbeing Kitbag as part of our Get Set to Go programme -; and also Sport in Mind's Journal -
Our Wellbeing Kitbag was generally used and there was good up take. Not everyone used it but that's to be expected.

Sadia Habib 2 months ago

It would be beneficial if digitally excluded groups could be signposted to a non-digital intervention