Getting into the habit

by | 21 October 2021 | Retford, Support Group

The newly resurrected Wednesday Group has been operating for over a month now and sessions are becoming much more enjoyable as members start to get used to the idea that Wednesday is their day for the group. It’s something they like, and they want to come.
That may sound a bit strange but when people have memory problems it may take a bit longer to establish routines and patterns of activity that they enjoy. When Wednesday comes around and they decide they don’t want to go to the group it’s often easier for the carer to acquiesce than risk an adverse response by trying to persuade them to go. This is when the memory needs a spot of gentle jogging: “You had a good time last week meeting your friends again. You won a prize at bingo. Marjorie was really pleased to see you. Let’s go and see if she’s there this week.” Try to avoid an argument or sounding as though you want them to go. Concentrate on the positives and be encouraging.
It takes time, especially after such a long period when the Wednesday Group had to close, but most of their members are now arriving with smiles on their faces and clearly pleased to be there again. As one lady said of her husband: “He’d lost interest in everything but now he’s come alive again. He’s enjoying life and he wouldn’t miss the Wednesday Group.”
If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, then you may find help through the Wednesday Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974 or email janwilliamson133@gmail.com.