Home Instead's Memory Cafe at the Rose Theatre played host to the Royal Academy's In Mind session led by Art Historian, Fran. The In Mind sessions , designed particularly for those with dementia, are booked up months in advance at the Royal Academy, but Lynn James, Dementia Specialist at Home Instead cleverly brought London to Kingston.
A painting by Paul Cezzane was the chosen piece, which was studied and discussed. Even the quieter members of the group joined in, as Fran captivated and inspired her audience, with the knowledge and interpretations on colour, perspective and idiosyncrasies of the artist. She also managed to keep the group interested and involved, seamlessly moving from a rowdy discussion about the painting to stimulating hands on calming, creative work, where everyone got to try their hand at their very own 'masterpiece'.
Home Instead have booked a series of In Mind sessions across the year and will be held at The Rose Theatre and also at the new Memory Cafe opening in Sept at the Methodist Church cafe in New Malden High Street.