Wednesday Memory Group

by | 20 March 2024 | Retford, Support Group

Everyone recognises the importance of family. But what about those who have no family?

Many people, especially the elderly, spend a great deal of time alone. Even if they have family, they may live some distance away and, effectively, this cuts them off from an important source of social support and interaction. They are at risk of becoming isolated and losing their social skills.

If they have dementia, the risk of isolation increases, often due to embarrassment at not being able to remember people’s names.

What can be done? Some elderly people are quite capable of getting the car out and going to visit someone or taking themselves off for a meal at the pub, where there’s a good chance they’ll get talking to someone. Others might need a bit of encouragement.

If you’ve got a relative or acquaintance who seems a bit isolated, why not try getting them to join one of the many social or activity groups around? This magazine is full of them. You may have to stay with them for a while to get them started but if they take to it, it will be time well invested in their happiness.

If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, or you just want to know more and you think the Wednesday Group might be helpful, do get in touch.

For more information, contact Jan on 01777 709974 or 07969 180067 or email janwilliamson133@gmail.com for the latest on what the group is doing and current availability. There is sometimes a waiting list but not very often, and although they charge £10.00 per session to cover costs, your first visit is free.