We provide groups tailored for people living with dementia, to help them remain active and live well with dementia in their own homes and local community. The Hub can also advise people about other local dementia groups. These groups are available to our clients.
Horticultural and Arts Groups
Our horticultural and arts groups are based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) for people diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia. Activities include:
- reminiscence, reflection and discussion.
Sessions are based in an accessible resource centre and activity room in Lewisham, and many activities take place outside in a restored Victorian Garden or nature reserve.
We will be inviting our clients to join our new exercise group later in 2019. The group will feature seated exercise sessions with an emphasis on improving physical health and wellbeing for people living with dementia.
For our clients in the early stages of dementia, this group provides a chance for clients to get together and become involved in projects and campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia in the borough of Lewisham.
In the past, the group has contributed to dementia research, advised local businesses on how to become more dementia friendly and played an active part in the national dementia community.
In our fortnightly shared reading group delivered in conjunction with the Reader Organisation, our clients meet to read aloud together. They cover a wide range of material including poems, short stories and extracts from novels. This is a great way of coming together to share stories and memories and make connections with other local people living with dementia.
Benefits of Dementia Groups
The benefits of these groups for people living with dementia include:
- increased social interaction
- maintenance of mental and physical wellbeing
- maintenance of everyday living skills so people can stay in their own homes and communities for longer
- use and maintenance of cognitive (brain) functions
- improving confidence and self-esteem
- improvements in quality of life whilst living with dementia.
How to Access Activities & Groups
Our specialist dementia activities and groups are only available to our clients diagnosed with dementia, as part of an agreed support plan.
To find out if we can help you live well with dementia, please contact us.