Dementia group hosts first meeting

A friendly and safe environment: New dementia group’s first meeting a success

A DEMENTIA group which will host fortnightly meetings has been set up by The Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland in partnership with Narberth Museum.

Dubbed the ‘Living Memory Group’, the first meeting was attended by Rotary Club President Mary Adams.

Delivering a report, she said: “What a day to make you feel humble and privileged to be involved with our new Living Memory Group. Listening and talking to special people who trust us to be a special part of their lives.”

The meeting was an all–round success – with one person who lives with dementia and rarely leaves his home having told Mary that he’d ‘had such a good time’.

The group aims to allow people with dementia to feel comfortable and safe in a friendly environment.

The meeting also featured scrapbooks from various years.

There will be another opportunity to look at old local photographs and enjoy a coffee and a chat at the next meeting.

One of the volunteers brought a photograph of his family, with seven of the nine people in the photo having developed dementia. He said he wanted to give something back.

Mary was also especially pleased to have looked after one Rotary member who suffers with vascular dementia following a series of strokes.

The group would thank all those who helped at the inaugural meeting, including Rotarians John and Mary, museum staff Pauline, Emma, Daniel and Rebecca and Living Memory Group volunteers Ian and Gloria.

The next Dementia Friends Training Session is on March 31 at 11am – contact Narberth Museum to book your place by phoning 01834 860500.

The next Living Memory Group will take place on March 24 from 2pm–4pm.