TACPAC through the Ages – Our oldest Tacpacker is 86!
For many reasons, older people may feel isolated, may be unable to sustain relationships, or may have difficulty communicating. Tacpac is beneficial for all stages, for all ages. Tacpac offers companionship and communication in a sensory way. To those caring for older people who may have dementia, sensory processing disorder, loss of memory or language, Tacpac will be a resource of benefit and value.
Tacpac for Older People
Tacpac is a communication resource for people of all ages with a range of needs. These could be because of motor difficulties, dementia, memory loss, a longing for touch, or feelings of isolation.
A Tacpac session is very easy to set up and requires very little equipment – only a phone or tablet, a quiet space and a few everyday objects. It provides a regular, structured half hour which is beneficial to both you and your Tacpac partner. Tacpac enables you both to build up a sensory vocabulary which you both mutually understand – enabling good relationships and good communications leading to a feeling of wellbeing and involvement.
How Tacpac works
Each Tacpac activity has music which is specifically composed to reflect the texture of the object which goes with it. This means that the receiver of the Tacpac session experiences complete sensory alignment – what they see, is what they hear, is what they feel. The music matches the touch in every aspect. Over time, this enables your receivers to develop trust with you as their partner, the giver. Your partner can then begin to express themselves by showing what they feel or what they want.
Some of the objects used for Tacpac activities include: a washing up sponge, chopsticks, a pastry brush, a fan, a paint roller and marbles – to name a few. These are all objects which you may already have around your home. There is no need to buy any expensive equipment. The Tacpac app which you can download onto your phone or tablet means that you can play the music tracks easily without needing an internet connection or even a power source. You can also work with occupational therapists or speech therapists , jointly agreeing on outcomes and aims. To find out more details of what’s included in each Tacpac set and how it works, go to the shop page here.
Personally, I have found the Tacpac training and Tacpac experience one of the most beneficial experiences of my time as a professionalJeremy, Astley Day Centre
Where do I start?
An ideal starting point would be to purchase Set 1 and 2. You can take your time to establish a safe, trusting and predictable environment, whereby you and your receiving partner can gently start to establish a sensory communication. Each set should last about 6 months. Do not rush! Stick to the beat!
Each set is accompanied by our helpful videos showing you how to use the objects to do the activities and one for setting up your room.