Age UK Mid Mersey provides an advisory service, reminiscence sessions and peer group support for older people who have been diagnosed with low level dementia.
These sessions offer opportunities for carers and people living with dementia to get together on a regular basis to enjoy peer group support in a social setting where they can fee safe and part of society. Age UK Mid Mersey can also help you to access other services and activities including:
- Information and advice
- Financial advice
- Social and leisure activities
- Signposting to other relevant services
Memory Lane Dementia Cafe - Brunswick House, Water Street, Runcorn
Sessions at Brunswick House are held every Tuesday (10am to 11.30am).
Memory Lane Dementia Cafe - Naughton Fields , Liverpool Road, Widnes
Sessions at Naughton Fields are held every Tuesday (1pm to 3pm).
Based at The Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens WA10 2UE
Big Breakfast Group
Sessions at the Mansion House are held every Tuesday (10.30am to 12.30pm).
There are regular bi-monthly karaoke reminiscence sessions held at The Mansion House in St Helens.
Download Karaoke reminiscence 2015
For more information about the activities we run and availability, please call Becky on 01928 575 400 (Halton) or Kym on 01744 752 644 (St Helens).
Becky's Recommended Books and Websites
The books which I am recommending are the main three which I found of use while I was studying:
Community Performance by Petra kuppers, An Introduction
Petra Kuppers’ book helps people who are looking to set up a drama/dance group within the community. She focuses on: Setting up, making contact, motives, questioning the boundaries, arts in service, money, ecology, access and publicity and marketing.
If I had not studied this book I would have been clueless on how to start and advertise new groups. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new venture.
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today, Reminiscence in Dementia Care by Pam Schweitzer and Errollyn Bruce
This book is really useful for helping people re-live their past through the use of drama. ‘The reminiscence approach described in this book is an example of a psychosocial intervention that is based on something we all do, and most of us enjoy – remembering and sharing stories about things we have done, places we have visited, and people who have been important to us in the past. Taking a person centred approach is essential to successful reminiscence work with people who have dementia’.
Chapters in this book: Reminiscence skills and methods also Retracing the life Course. These chapters have been a real help as they have given me ideas on how to re-create the past for people living with dementia.
Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Augusto Boal
Augusto Boal (one technique) encourages the use of photographs. This technique has been a success when looking at local literature.People find out new information about each other and similar memories they have shared. Other Links
“Join me in the 1900s”
This site focuses on everyday life in the 1900s up to 1960 and offers an interesting and educational look at life.
Link to "Join me in the 1900s website
The website encourages people to become Dementia Friends or Champions. It provides information on training sessions in the area. As a Dementia Champion I have given training sessions which people have found educational and useful.
Link to "Dementia Friends" website