United Response is hosting a specialist day to promote Living Well with Dementia on Thursday 16th October at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

The comprehensive day is an opportunity for both the person with dementia and their partner/carer to explore and capture memories in activity sessions that may trigger the memory pathways.  All that attend the day will be able to choose to join in two activity sessions. The sessions include the use of photography, memory book creation, guided creative writing aimed at rediscovering people and places through words, music and dance which will capture memories and movement of the past.  There will also be individual sessions to explore the changing dietary needs of people living with dementia with a specialist dietician.

The Living Well with Dementia Day hosted by United Response will also be an opportunity for all who attend to gather valuable information and knowledge about what is on offer in Suffolk for people living with dementia.  An area of the museum will host a Dementia Hub offering access to a wide range of experts and support services including, Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Suffolk Family Carers, Sue Ryder and many more who work within the East Anglia and the county of Suffolk and this area will be open to everyone visiting the museum on the day.

Dion Allen, from United Response said about the hopes for the day,

“We want to invite anyone who is interested, and perhaps concerned about a relative, friend or neighbour to come along and meet the experts. For those taking part in the sessions it is an opportunity to enjoy being with other people in the safe and stimulating environment of the museum, trying different activities and making new memories. Feedback from the day will help us to shape more events like this in the future.”

The day is open to anyone who is living with dementia and their partner/carer in the East Anglian area. 40 paired places are available (including the person living with dementia and their partner/carer) to take part in the activity sessions and the cost of the day is £20 per day for person with dementia, with no cost for their partner/carer.  The cost includes tea/coffee at the start of the day, a choice of two activity sessions, as well as entry to the museum and grounds, lunch can be purchased from Osiers café in the museum or people are welcome to bring their own.  The extended lunch break will provide time to explore the magnificent grounds and buildings of the Museum of East Anglian Life and trigger memories from the past as well as for the future.

Anyone who cannot book for the activities this time round but is interested in finding out more is welcome to drop into the Dementia Hub between 10 – 3pm for further information and advice on living well with dementia.