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Club to improve lives of dementia sufferers

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

A member of a Memory Matters activity club is pictured preparing food.

A member of a Memory Matters activity club is pictured preparing food.

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A NEW activity club offering support to people living with dementia and their carers is to open in Bodmin in the new year.

The club, which will be based in Bodmin Band Hall, Priory Park, will offer activities based around brain exercises that have been shown to slow down memory deterioration and improve quality of life.

Kate Smith, director of Memory Matters South West, the organisation responsible for the new club, said: "We use a variety of activities to provide stimulus, including number and word games, current affairs, calculating with money and listening to sounds.

"Sessions are always fun and there's a lot of laughter. Club members often become firm friends and they are always keen to help each other out."

As well as providing activities for those who are cared for, the day club will offer carers some much-needed time out for themselves; something they often neglect because of worries about leaving their loved ones.

Carol Emmett, who takes her husband to a similar club in Lostwithiel, said: "When I decide it's time to go off to do my shopping, I know I'm leaving Ken in a happy, homely atmosphere.

"This is a place where Ken feels safe and happy, and is never patronised."

The recent G8 dementia summit highlighted the need for better awareness of the disease and increased funding for research, with the aim of finding a cure or treatment by 2025.

Kate Smith said: "While we applaud the general aims of the G8 summit, there is currently no cure for dementia and not enough support for people living with the disease.

"There is strong evidence certain activities promote brain fitness and slow down memory failure.

"We need more places where people can get support and stimulation and Memory Matters South West is intent on offering a lifeline to as many people as possible," she added.

For more information on the new club and how to become a member, contact Kate Smith on 07813 886706 or send an e-mail to kate@memorymatterssw.co.uk

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