Dementia Action Week 2019

Bromley MindCare Dementia Support ran numerous activities at its dementia centres in Beckenham and Orpington, as well as out in the Bromley community, during Dementia Action Week 2019.

The Glades, Bromley

Bromley MindCare Dementia Support held an exhibition of artwork produce by people using its dementia centres at The Glades shopping centre in Bromley from 20th – 22nd May 2019.

two volunteers at the MindCare Dementia Support stall at The Glades for Dementia Action Week 2019

Clients from the MindCare dementia centres had produced the artwork in the lead up to Dementia Action Week 2019 to raise awareness of dementia, living well and the local dementia centres. A big thank you to shoppers in The Glades who donated money for the artwork and raised £146 for Bromley MindCare.

Animal Therapy

Performing and calming animal therapy dogs from Nightingale Dogs sparked much talk and laughter about past and present pets amongst people living with dementia.

two portraits of a man with animal threapy dog and a woman with dementia playing and laughing with animal therapy dog

Clients at the centre benefited from stroking dogs, taking the dogs for walks in the MindCare garden or taking part in interactive games.

 

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MindCare Service Manager, Saira Addison, said, “Our clients absolutely love having animals in the centre. They get people talking about their own family pets and people have a great laugh at the animal antics. Feedback from families of clients suggests there is a positive impact on wellbeing.”

man with dementia handling a snake

Singing and Dancing

Live singing entertainment provided an opportunity for clients living with dementia to take a trip down memory lane with songs from their youth, and enjoy singing and dancing.

Nursery Children and People with Dementia

MindCare clients at the Beckenham dementia centre were also treated to a visit from toddlers from the Ladybird Nursery in Beckenham. The toddlers gave group and individual performances of nursery rhymes and songs, and MindCare clients enjoying joining in.

two women with dementia enjoying nursery rhymes sung by nursery toddlers

One client said,

“At home, once my family has gone to work or school, I am on my own. I really love coming here as there is so much to do! The animals and nursery children have been great fun.”

 

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