Coffee Crafts and Company

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Dementia sufferers and carers enjoy a bit of 'me' time.

The Alzheimer's Society Day Centre in Pontllanfraith provides dementia sufferers, and their carers, with the opportunity to meet new friends, have a chat, and enjoy a bit of 'me' time. Shirley and Jerry, after having tried to live with dementia for 18 months,now visit these ' Craft and Company' sessions in Pontllanfraith twice a week. Shirley explains that the visits gives her and her husband the chance to discuss what they have been up to after arriving home. She gets a break from being a carer - knowing that she can leave Jerry in company sure that he will be enjoying himself. The initiative gives her an opportunity to raise with other carers and members of staff issues that are concerning her. She sees the sessions as being a chance for them both to get out of the house and socialize.
From: Dementia: Making a Difference
First Broadcast : 24 May 2012

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 14-16,16+

Subject : Health & Social Care

Topic : Mental Health, Care for Older Individuals, Understanding Common Illnesses, Diseases and Disorders

Keywords : Alzheimer's, Dementia, Care needs of individuals, Elderly, Promoting quality care and communication

Notes : • Find out if there are support groups similar to those seen in the clip in your area - for Dementia sufferers or for other conditions .eg. Parkinsons. • List the major skills necessary for an individual to be an effective carer. Write a short job description for the post of carer in a care insitution.

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