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Innovating Care & Connection: Solutions for the Dementia Journey

Updated: Nov 7


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Innovating Care & Connection: Solutions for the Dementia Journey with Ben Atkinson-Willes, CEO of Relish




Faced with the challenge of finding suitable activities for his grandfather living with Alzheimer’s, my guest Ben Atkinson-Willes set out on a mission: to improve the well-being of individuals living with dementia and, in doing so, enhance their quality of life. Today, he is the CEO of Relish, an online retailer that offers dementia-friendly products and serves as a vital source of information and advice for managing all stages of dementia. Their mission is not just to sell products, but to uplift the spirits of those affected by dementia, offering fun, meaningful, and engaging activities that strengthen the bond between them, their families, friends, and caregivers.


In today's conversation, we explore the inspiration behind Relish, the array of products and activities it provides, and the meticulous research and development process that ensures its offerings truly benefit those living with dementia and their caregivers. We'll also discuss the profound impact these tools have on the relationships between individuals with dementia, their families, friends, and caregivers. We'll also get a sneak peek into their exciting upcoming product launch, designed to promote independence and the ability for individuals to continue living at home comfortably.


As we navigate the conversation, we aim to shed light on the unique needs and challenges faced by those living with dementia and their caregivers. We'll also touch on the critical factors that contribute to their wellness, offering practical tips and advice. And of course, we will discuss the future goals of Relish in its commitment to support the dementia community. Because at its core, the larger goal is to cultivate a nurturing and engaging environment that enriches the lives of those living with dementia.


Thank you, Ben, for sharing your story with us and bringing us hope!


Learn more at www.relish-life.com


Listen to our episode HERE.



Ben shares about:

  • How he was inspired to make a difference after facing challenges in finding activities for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s, leading him to establish Relish

  • The ways they specialize in dementia-friendly products, also offering vital information and advice for all stages of dementia

  • How they provide meaningful engagement, aiming to strengthen relationships between dementia patients, families, friends, and caregivers

  • The in-depth research and development go into creating these products, ensuring genuine benefits for those living with dementia

  • How their new initiatives promote independence, allowing individuals with dementia to comfortably live at home

  • The overarching goal of Relish is to provide a nurturing environment that enriches the lives of those affected by dementia, offering practical solutions and support

  • Learn more about their social impact HERE



About Ben Atkinson-Willes & Relish


In 2010, product designer Ben Atkinson-Willes set up Relish to help support his grandfather who had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. In caring for his grandfather, Ben discovered that there was a lack of quality, age-appropriate activity products available for people living with dementia. Ben set about researching and developing a range of new ground-breaking products for adults living with dementia.


Relish now has a range of over 70 products selling in over 15 countries that support both family and professional carers to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.


Relish is an online retailer of dementia-friendly products and a source of information and advice for the management of all stages of dementia. Our mission is to help improve the overall wellbeing of people with dementia by providing fun, meaningful activities that help build their relationships with their family, friends and caregivers.

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