Help sessions for people living with dementia

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SESSIONS to help support people aged 50 and over living with dementia are being launched in Newton Abbot.

Age UK Devon is encouraging older people in Teignbridge to join its specialist group to help provide support and improve their wellbeing through a range of activities.

The group sessions are designed for older people with mild to moderate dementia and involve a range of fun and interactive activities such as games, music, art, cooking and exercise classes.

As well as helping with memory and mental activity, such as thoughts, emotions and behaviour, the sessions also give older people the chance to meet and socialise with people who are also living with dementia.

Sophie Littlewood, chief executive at Age UK Devon, said: ‘Our sessions will open on May 18 and we’re welcoming local people living with dementia, and their carers, to come along to meet us and try out our activities.

‘The sessions offer expert help and support, and not only are the activities involved fun and interactive, but we also hope people can build friendships along the way.’

The sessions, which are also known as Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, use the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve memory and thought processes, independence and well-being by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The sessions take place every Wednesday between 11am to Noon at Newton Abbot Library, and are available for those with mild to moderate dementia aged 50 and over.

To sign up or find out more, please contact Age UK Devon on 0333 241 2340 or [email protected]

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