The best thing we can do for people living with dementia is to help their family and friends understand just what it’s like for them.
Knowing how the condition affects their memory, their moods and their mental state is the first step to improving their lives. So, to help spread the word, and have a bit of summer fun at the same time, we recently helped the Chorlton and Whalley Range Dementia Action Group organise a Family Dementia Awareness Afternoon at the Chorlton Central Church.
Homemade Cake and Twiddle Muffs
The event combined the fun of a Summer Fete with some really useful information. So we had tea and homemade cake, ably served by Madeleine and a great bunch of students from Chorlton High and a splendid raffle, expertly run by Devon. The Nutty Knitters group came along to demonstrate their twiddle-muff skills to local councillor Jo Midgeley and everyone else in attendance. And if twiddle muffs are a bit too “girly” for some tastes then Nigel and Martin showed off their far more manly Activity Boards, complete with the locks, handles and bolts that many blokes with dementia find really therapeutic to fiddle with.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
To help explain how taking a trip down memory lane can be really comforting to people with the condition, Sally from Together Dementia Support brought along some wonderful old kitchen items from the time before labour saving devices. And to supply even more practical advice, our local Community Nursing team set up a pop-up clinic where they answered lots of questions people had.
It was a great afternoon, and a good time was had by all. But what’s even more satisfying, we all went away equipped to make the lives of people with dementia just that little bit better. So a giant thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success.