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New! Memory Connections group starting in BRIDGWATER on Tuesday 26th April 2022!

email infoandadvice@ageuksomerset.org.uk for details Call 01823 345613 for details 


Find out how Doug, Vernon and Ian found friendship through an Age UK Dementia support group.




‘Memory Connections’ is our Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) weekly programme of meaningful and stimulating activities for people living with mild to moderate dementia.  Participants can attend a face-to-face group session (MCST) or a virtual session at home using Zoom (vCST). 



About our Memory Connections groups

A Memory Connections group session offers its members a range of enjoyable activities providing general stimulation for thinking, concentration and memory. Each week we will cover different themes and topics such as; Life History, Current Affairs, Word Games, Physical activity, Music, Creativity and much more. We aim for the sessions to group led, our members can even choose topics/themes they would enjoy discussing to encourage a greater engagement and enthusiasm.

Our trained specialist team deliver the sessions, group members are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities to promote the maintenance of an active and stimulated mind.

Memory Connections (Dementia MCST) can accommodate people with or without a formal dementia diagnosis; please speak to our friendly team for further information.

Participants can attend face-to-face group sessions (MCST) or virtual sessions at home using Zoom (vCST). 


Face-to-Face Sessions

Memory Connection Groups run across Somerset. These are held in a community halls and sessions last for two hours giving Carer’s valuable respite time. Members meet in small groups (maximum of eight) with much care being taken to make sure that we are COVID safe.

Face-to-face sessions run across 6 weeks and cost £25 per session.

 

Online Sessions

Virtual CST (vCST) groups run on ‘Zoom’ each week, each session last for approximately one hour and has a maximum of 6 members.

vCST sessions are held on Mondays 10:30am-11.30am.

The fee for Virtual CST sessions will be £15 per session across the 6 weeks. 

Support is available if people would like to join the online group but don’t have a device, internet connection and/or the necessary skills, yet, to get online. We can even lend out brand new ‘Facebook portal’ devices at no extra cost to participants, which make our vCST groups much more accessible.   The ‘Facebook Portal’ can also be used to support your loved one at home – this may be to keep in touch with loved ones or even ask it questions, it’s a very interactive device that we are really excited to be able to offer!

So, please do ask us for support if you don’t feel confident joining online.

Smilings during an online CST session

What some of our group members, their partners and carers say...

“This is my only regular respite I have. It enables me to be me. The group sessions have been a life saver for myself and my husband.”

“My wife is sometimes quite grumpy going into the session, but when I collect her a few hours later she is quite transformed. She is more cheerful with a smile on her face.”

“I enjoy the sessions very much. I think you spend a lot of time doing a lot of good work putting the sessions together. I would definitely recommend them to others.” 
 
“I enjoy the sessions, I consider everybody my friend now. I think of them as someone I’ve known a long time even though we have never met.”


“Just wanted to let you know that my father has been so much more positive with the last 2 sessions. His level of engagement is greater and he seems to understand better how important it is for him to try and stay connected to the world around him.”


“Your session today lifted my wife’s spirits enormously. Thank you so much for all your input and preparation. It is so nice to see Helen more cheerful during this difficult lockdown period.”

Get in touch to find out more

Learn about the benefits of CST

The Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is proven to initially, slow the progression of dementia and increase quality of life and is recognised by the NHS as THE leading non-pharmaceutical intervention for those recently receiving a dementia diagnosis. CST focuses on exercising parts of the brain which are not used day to day, creating new neural connections stimulating brain growth and maintenance, encouraging new thoughts, communication, word finding and using the imagination when the memory is not accessible.

  • Creates opportunities for people to learn in a relaxed and fun environment
  • Improves concentration, mental abilities and memory
  • Improves mood
  • Allows people to express their feelings and views, and encourages peer support
  • Improves the wellbeing of members and their carers
  • Helps members and their carers to cope and live with dementia

Interested in joining?

If you are interested in joining one of our groups please click the button to complete the short form and we'll get in touch. Thanks.

If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please register your interest by calling 01823 345613 or emailing infoandadvice@ageuksomerset.org.uk

New!  Online Dementia Carers' Support Group

  • Are you an unpaid Carer for a loved one with dementia or memory loss?
  • Would you like to chat with others who understand exactly what you are going through?
  • Would you like to learn coping strategies or just have the chance to let off some steam?

Then join our new group!  Friendly sessions every Wednesday at 3pm.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE