One in three people over 65 will develop the syndrome, and it’s estimated that by 2021, the number of people with dementia in the UK will have increased to around 1 million. That’s why we’re busy developing both housing and initiatives to meet the needs of those with dementia and help them get the most out of life.
This includes providing dedicated activities and events to combat loneliness and isolation, opening innovative initiatives such as Reminiscence Rooms and Memory Cafés, and investing in assistive technology.
Reminiscence Rooms transport residents back in time by replicating a bygone era. The Rooms provide a familiar space with authentic items and decorations, giving people living with dementia a space where they can relax and connect with the past.
The Reminiscence Rooms are open to scheme residents, their families and the local community to enjoy or get involved in the regular reminiscence sessions using stories, music and even smells, such as popular ladies perfume from the era. Last year, we launched Reminiscence Rooms at three of our 19 sheltered and Extra Care schemes; Fiona Gardens in Sale, Millom Court in Timperley and Royle Higginson Court in Urmston.
Our next Reminiscence Room will open at Elkin Court in Partington themed around the 1970’s
We’ve also opened our first Memory Café at Manor Court in Sale as a welcoming space for people with dementia, their family and carers to socialise with others in similar situations and receive vital support from specialist organisations. Our plans for the future include rolling out more of these cafés around Trafford.
At Limelight, our health and wellbeing hub in Old Trafford, we provide a welcoming space for people with dementia with dedicated activities like ‘Games for the Brain’, where people can try their hand at a range of fun activities to keep the brain active.
Other activities on offer at Limelight include the Chit Chat club where everyone can gather for some friendly conversation and good food, and the Drawing Social where you can put pen to paper and get creative.
Our independent living service TrustCare also offers support for people living with dementia. Things likes Be Social, a fun and welcoming over 50s club with activities to increase wellbeing and independence, improve memory and reduce loneliness. For peace of mind for friends and family, our alert and response service also includes GPS tracking monitors for people at risk of wandering, as well as personal alarms and falls detectors.
Everyone’s welcome to check out our initiatives and events to help support people with dementia and their families.
Visit the Memory Café at Manor Court, Firs Road, Sale, M33 5LX every other Monday from 12pm - 2pm.
The Reminiscence Room at Fiona Gardens is open weekdays from 10am-4pm. No appointment needed. Appointments to view the rooms at Millom Court and Royle Higginson can be arranged with scheme managers. Just call 0300 777 2777 to book.
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