“What’s your favourite bit of Wednesdays?” they asked at the Wednesday Group recently.
“Dinner!” came the prompt reply! It was one of those part fun, part reflective moments of casual chatter.
“For me, it’s at the beginning when everyone comes in and they’re all happy to see one another. Smiles and hugs.”
“I like it best after lunch when everyone has decided what they want to do and they’re all absorbed and enjoying themselves.”
Choices usually include cards or dominoes, both of which involve a fair bit of teasing and laughing. Games of skill, like darts or boccia tend to give rise to spontaneous groans for a poor shot or cheers for a good one. Taking the opportunity for a chat with someone coping with similar issues can be a great option for carers.
It may be quite light-hearted but, on occasion, some very intense conversations take place. Everyone is different so it’s important that people have the chance to do something that gives them enjoyment or gives them hope for the continuing, lonely and often heart-breaking job of caring for a loved one with dementia.
The Wednesday Group is a mixed group of carers, former carers and people with dementia. If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis and you think the Wednesday Group might be helpful, do get in touch.
For more information, contact Jan on 01777 709774 or 07969 180067 or email Janwilliamson133@gmail.com for the latest on what the group is doing and current availability. They sometimes have to operate a waiting list but not always.