Trip down mem­ory lane at sup­port day

Macclesfield Express - - TIME HOP - KAREN BRIT­TON

RES­I­DENTS took a trip down mem­ory lane at a de­men­tia day cen­tre.

Age UK Cheshire East has opened a day sup­port ser­vice in its new cen­tre on Hen­der­son Street, Mac­cles­field to pro­vide ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents with de­men­tia and to give car­ers a break.

Ac­tiv­i­ties tie in with ‘rem­i­nis­cence ther­apy’ which in­volves talk­ing about things from the past, us­ing prompts such as pho­tos, objects or mu­sic.

Each ser­vice user has a scrap­book to record their thoughts, sing-a-longs help to spark mem­o­ries and Betsy the cock­apoo vis­its, which helps take peo­ple back to a time when they had pets.

Jen­nette Brown, ser­vices di­rec­tor, said: “We al­ways knew this type of day sup­port was needed. How­ever we 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 to 4pm in Mac­cles­field. Call 01625 660527.

The char­ity is al­ways look­ing for new vol­un­teers.

Some of the many ac­tiv­i­ties at the de­men­tia day sup­port ser­vice pro­vided by Age UK Cheshire East in Mac­cles­field

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