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About Keeping Busy

I'm Donna Ray and I founded Keeping Busy for one purpose and one purpose only - to help find ways to enable people with dementia to live fuller and more meaningful lives.

We are a small company dedicated to providing products that can make a difference to people with dementia. We don’t just sell products for people with dementia,

We design, create and use them.

Keeping Busy was started by Donna Ray in 2014 to provide the best possible care for people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. During her years of volunteering and working in the dementia care area of several facilities, Donna saw that things could be done better for the residents. She had read about the success in using Montessori methods in dementia care and it resonated with her. The Montessori principles put the patient first, encouraging their independence and recognizing their individuality.

Donna became a trainer for "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way", providing workshops for facility staff across Atlantic Canada. As part of the program, staff are encouraged to make simple activities from familiar materials that can be used to engage the residents. What she found was that, even though they had the best intentions, the staff simply did not have the time. Without the activities, much of the workshop's purpose was lost. In order to ensure that the workshop's methods could be implemented, Donna designed several activities that were given to workshop participants.

These activities were so successful at engaging the residents that the facilities asked for more. With that encouragement, we now offer over 100 products, all designed specifically for people with dementia. Our products are in use in thousands of homes and care facilities, helping people with dementia live more meaningful lives.

About Keeping Busy

A message from Donna...

Through my years of working with people with dementia I have seen many different approaches to their care, some more successful than others. The biggest stumbling block that I encountered in implementing the most successful of these techniques was the lack of availability of appropriate activities and tools. While many can be put together from readily available items, we don't always have the time or resources to do it. Sometimes it is easier, and the results better, to purchase them professionally made.

Donna Ray

The products that we offer have been designed specifically for people with dementia. They are free of unnecessary markings to avoid distraction, they are adult activities and not childish. Each activity comes with comprehensive instructions detailing how to introduce the activity, and how to adjust its use to match the person's abilities as they change over time. We're here to help answer your questions and help you get the best results from our products.

For those interested in learning more about dementia, how to choose and present activities and more, please read the articles in our Learning Center. Donna

This product has been thoughtfully designed and built and is a wonderful tool to keep Alzheimer's patients cognitively active.

T.E., Scottsdale AZ

Exactly what I was expecting. Good quality. Would buy again.

W.B., Toronto ON