It’s February and the lovely, festive activities are no more than a memory, albeit a very pleasant one. Well, pleasant memories for some people but for those with dementia it is hard to remember anything and occasionally we may wonder if it’s worth the effort of doing nice things with them when they don’t know where they’ve been two minutes after getting back home.
Remembering details may be impossible but pleasant experiences are never a waste of time. They can create what is known as ‘emotional memories’, the feeling that life is good, nice things happen and this person genuinely cares about me.
That is why the Wednesday Group tries to offer a range of activities that so that each member is able to take part in something they really enjoy. This way they build up an emotional memory that will help to sustain them through the difficulties their illness inevitably confronts them with. The group have lots of new activities they plan to try during the coming year so that both volunteers and members will all have happy, sustaining memories to carry them through the year ahead.
If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, you may find help through the Wednesday Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974.