Home to go purple

Julie Armstrong
Julie Armstrong

STAFF and residents at a care home are lending their support to World Alzheimer’s Day by taking part in an afternoon of events to raise awareness about dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on Saturday, September 21, and Queens Meadow Care Home, in Stockton Road, is inviting visitors from the area to the home for a talk on Alzheimer’s, dementia and related conditions provided by the Alzheimer’s Society at 2pm.

Staff will all be wearing purple as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “go purple” initiative while the home’s activities co-ordinator Debbie Wilkes, along with two residents from the dementia unit, will also be taking part in a sponsored one-mile “Memory Walk” in Middlesbrough at the end of the month.

Julie Armstong, care home manager, said: “World Alzheimer’s Day is a global initiative to help improve understanding and raise awareness, and we are keen to do our bit within the Hartlepool community.

“It will be great to welcome the Alzheimer’s Society into our home and we are opening our doors to anybody who has any questions about dementia.

“We’re sure it will be an informative and supportive session that helps put to bed any misconceptions and improves understanding.”

The home is providing residents with a special session on the day including screenings of We’ll Meet Again and Hi De Hi as part of reminiscence therapy, designed to help dementia sufferers to access their long-term memories using triggers and subjects from the past.

Julie said: “Reminiscence therapy is a fantastic way to help residents tap into their long-term memories which often remain intact even when dementia affects their short-term memory retention.”

“The session will focus on the 1950s – an era which many of the residents have lovely, interesting stories from, and it is always a joy when residents start chatting together about their pasts.”

Entry is free. For more information call (01429) 267424.