Medical practice launches monthly café to help dementia sufferers

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 June 2016

Dr Joyshri Sarangi,  health and wellbeing adviso Haydn Groves, Emma-Louise Woods, Lillian Read, Carol Hughes, Val Denton.

Dr Joyshri Sarangi, health and wellbeing adviso Haydn Groves, Emma-Louise Woods, Lillian Read, Carol Hughes, Val Denton.

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A café which aims to give people with dementia and their carers some time out has opened at a medical practice in St Georges.

The memory café has opened at St Georges Medical Practice in Pastures Avenue.

It means people can meet and socialise, as in any other café.

But what makes it different is a memory café has other activities and interventions on offer, which can be a benefit to people with dementia.

A spokesman for the practice said: “One benefit of coming to a memory café is being with people who are experiencing the same things that you are and have been through that fearful stage of ‘do I want to go out? Do I want to interact with people?’.”

As well as providing the usual tea, coffee and cake, there is a range of information on offer relating to memory loss and dementia.

It is manned by trained staff who have received dementia training, and clinicians and specialists are able to answer questions and offer one-to-one confidential consultations.

The café is open every second Saturday of the month from 10.30am to noon, and the next one is on July 9.

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