Trafford Housing Trust

Living well with Dementia

25 May 2018

BAT tennis.jpgFor all of us, being involved in activities can help to keep our minds and bodies healthy, and improve our quality of life.

For people living with dementia, doing activities such as walking, gardening, dancing, or doing puzzles can improve memory and slow down mental decline.

By staying active, people with dementia are more able to do everyday tasks such as getting dressed, cleaning and cooking because they stay more supple and have better co-ordination.

Of course, one of the greatest benefits of being involved in activities is the boost to confidence and self-esteem that social interaction brings. Many dementia sufferers feel isolated and lonely as they try to cope with the change in their lives.

Reminiscence Rooms

At Trafford Housing Trust, we’re passionate about supporting people living with dementia and their families. This includes providing dedicated activities and events, opening Reminiscence Rooms and Memory Cafes and investing in assistive technology.

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’, which is run in partnership with Together Dementia Support. During these sessions people can try their hand at a range of fun activities to keep the brain active, such as table tennis using a specially adapted Therapy Table provided by Bounce Alzheimer's Therapy (BAT). The gaming sessions are open to everyone and people are welcome to bring their own games.

Other inclusive activities 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. The events are regularly attended by people with dementia.

Reminisence Room Trafford Housing Trust LR.JPGLast year, we launched Reminiscence Rooms at three of our 19 sheltered and extra care schemes around Trafford including Fiona Gardens in Sale, Millom Court in Timperley and Royle Higginson Court in Urmston – with Fiona Gardens even featured on the BBC!

The 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. Our next Reminiscence Room will open at Elkin Court in Partington themed around the 1970’s.

Memory cafes

Be social.jpgWe’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. Future plans include rolling out more of these cafes around Trafford.

Our independent living service, TrustCare, also offers support for people living with dementia, such as 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.

  • Visit the Memory Café at Manor Court, Firs Road, Sale, M33 5LX every other Monday from at 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’s can be arranged with scheme managers – please call 0300 777 2777 to book.
  • To find out about the activities and events at Limelight, visit www.limelightoldtrafford.co.uk
  • To find out more about the range of services at TrustCare, visit www.trustcare.org.uk
  • To find out more about Dementia Action Week, visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW 

 

 

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