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Activity cafe supporting those living with dementia

Activity cafe supporting those living with dementia

Published at 9:25am 20th May 2019. (Updated at 11:14am 24th July 2019)

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The Memory Lane Cafe in Knaresborough is providing a support group for both people living with Dementia and their carers.

  • Memory Lane Cafe is held every two weeks at Gracious Street Methodist Church in Knaresborough.
  • The group is run by a team of volunteers and provides a support network for those living with Dementia and their carers.
  • Various activities are held for attendees including creative art, musical entertainment and indoors games.

Memory Lane Cafe in Knaresborough is held every two weeks for people living with Dementia and their carers, providing a support network for those it has affected.

'Friends of the Cafe' that attend are mostly married couples who are treated to activities such as creative art, music and games to keep both their minds and bodies active.

"I found out about it when I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's around 4 years ago.

"At the time I was very depressed. I thought Alzheimer's meant despondency and the end of life really, but I found that there are people who are willing to volunteer their good services and that there was plenty of support out there, which made a big difference to me."

Bob Jones, 82

The cafe had run for five years under the Alzheimer's Society, but was taking over by volunteers in July last year under the guise of 'Memory Lane Cafe.'

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The Memory Lane Cafe in Knaresborough is aimed at supporting those affected by Dementia as well as combating social isolation

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk provide Care at Home services to elderly people living in North Yorkshire.

After hearing about the Memory Lane Cafe, Community Co-Ordinator Lisa Stirk was keen for Home Instead to get involved and now volunteers regularly with the group:

"For us at Home Instead, our CAREGivers specialise in care for people with Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinsons, so it was important for us to get closer to the organisations that support those diseases.

"I went along to the Carol Service at Christchurch and met Norman Smales in December last year, and just thought (Memory Lane Cafe) would be an ideal opportunity for Home Instead to give something back to the community."

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show went along to the Memory Lane Cafe in Knaresborough to find out more:

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