To support people living with dementia we’re building Memory Cafés as a welcoming space for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers to meet and take time out in a relaxed and informal setting.
We’ve opened our first Memory Café at our sheltered housing scheme, Manor Court in Sale, with plans to roll out five more Memory Cafés across Trafford over the next 12 months.
The Cafés will hold fortnightly events with activities, including music sessions, games, photo sharing and memory boxes which use familiar items to stimulate conversations, such as photographs, jewellery or possessions from a bygone era.
We’re also working with specialist dementia organisations and Alzheimer’s ambassadors to come along to the events and offer information about their services and support available.
Rebecca Trower who is a dementia support worker for Alzheimer's Society says: “Memory Cafés can really help to improve people’s quality of life and give people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to socialise with others in similar situations and receive vital support. They’re also a great source of information and guidance which can help people to live well with the condition.”
Sale resident Ken, aged 81, who has dementia attended our first Memory Café with his wife Joan, who said: “I’m so pleased there is now something in the area to provide support, we heard about the Memory Café at the weekly Healthy Hips & Hearts armchair exercise sessions at Manor Court. It’s a lovely environment and the people are very nice and helpful. We’re looking forward to attending the café on a regular basis.”
The Memory Café will be held at Manor Court, Firs Road, Sale, M33 5LX every other Monday from 23rd October at 12pm - 2pm. To find out more or to arrange a visit to any of our schemes speak to one of the TrustCare team or let us call you.