A nostalgic peek into the past on Dementia Awareness Week

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fv history board2A nostalgic peek into the past launched the start of Dementia Awareness Week at Field View care home, Blackhall Colliery, thanks to a photographic display from Blackhall’s Local History Society.

Residents at Field View, a residential care home for the elderly which also offers care for people living with dementia, have been celebrating local and community history and taking a glimpse back in time as they enjoyed seeing and discussing historic photos of the local area with staff and family.

Members of Blackhall Local History Society also visited the home to speak with local residents about their memories of the area in years gone by.

The notice boards loaned by the Society will be on display all week in the home’s on-site coffee shop to help spark conversation and reminiscing between residents and visiting guests.

Dementia Awareness Week at Field View is set to continue with traditional bread baking, memory boxes and a reminiscence coffee morning among the activities being held.

Janice Hardy, Activities Coordinator at Field View care home, has been delighted with how well received the display has been: “The local history society’s photographic display is fantastic and has already led to hours of discussion and reminiscing through the week. Most of our residents are local people who have spend their whole lives in the area so the display has brought back a lot of memories and we’ve been sharing our life experiences and personal recollections of the area in times gone by. It’s been fascinating to listen to their stories and a great way to commemorate Dementia Awareness Week.”

Dementia Awareness Week from 15th– 21st May is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative in which anyone who is worried about dementia is encouraged to confront their concerns and get in touch with Alzheimer’s Society.

Hundreds of thousands of families are touched by dementia every year and many people don’t know where to turn. The aim of Dementia Awareness Week is to let them know that they don’t have to face it alone.

If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, might have dementia, call our National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk for advice and support.

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