Fun is the name of the game for people attending Age UK Cheshire East’s dementia day groups. Live music, baking and trips to the farm are just some of the activities enjoyed by service users since opening in September.
Activities are planned weeks ahead by staff and volunteers and most tie in with reminiscence therapy which involves talking about things from the past, using prompts such as photos, familiar objects or music. Each service user has a scrap book to record their activity and thoughts, sing-a-longs help to spark memories and Betsy the cockapoo (pictured) often visits which helps take some people back to a time they had pets. Mr Foster (pictured) attends the group twice a week, he said: “It was a cool day, sunny though. It was a long walk from Henderson Street to South Park. My wife sorted it with the lovely ladies at Age UK Cheshire East. I really enjoy my Monday’s and Wednesday’s, especially the walks. They are good meals, just enough. All the staff take it in turns to prepare our meals. When it gets near to 4pm, I never want the time to come. Roll on next Monday!”.
Jennette Brown, Services Director said “We always knew this type of day support was needed, however could not envisage the amount of laughter, conversation and interaction in all the activities from those who attend. It is really motivating to see not only those attending having fun, but also receiving feedback from carers about how it provides them with some extra time for themselves.”
Sessions run Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm in Macclesfield and cost £49 per day, including a hot lunch.
The service is available for anyone in Cheshire East living with memory problems and transport can be arranged.
If you’d like to find out more about the dementia day support service, please call Age UK Cheshire East on 01625 660527 for a free no obligation chat. The charity is always looking for new volunteers, there are various roles from driving people to and from the service to helping people have fun by joining in the activities. If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at the dementia day support service, please call 01625 660522.