Visiting Dementia café in CorbyPosted: May 22, 2013
As the Corby Telegraph reports, I recently visited the Dementia café in Corby to chat to people with dementia and their families.
The Dementia Cafe is a great place for local people to meet up for friendship, advice and support.
By talking about the problems that having dementia brings, a person and their family may better manage situations that arise.
There are 11 Dementia Cafés throughout Northamptonshire. Each café is held for 2 hours on a monthly basis and offers local people:
- the chance to spend a few hours with friendly and supportive people in a relaxed social setting.
- an opportunity for support and the exchange of information and experiences.
- a sense of ‘going out’ with friends.
- talks on a wide range of topics.
It was great to talk to people about their experiences and I was struck by how enjoyable the event was because although we did talk about serious issues such as the impact of the bedroom tax on some families, and changes to local health services, we also talked about more light hearted issues and had some laughs.
According to data from the Alzheimer’s Society, almost half of the people in the East Midlands (45%) would find it difficult to tell their families if they thought they had dementia.
It is estimated that 57,000 people in the East Midlands are currently living with dementia, with thousands more affected by the condition in some way, whether it is a family member or a friend.
These figures show why initiatives like Northamptonshire’s 11 dementia cafes are so important to local people.
You can find out more about the Dementia and local services on the Alzheimer’s website.