Residents at Home Close care home in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, have enjoyed an afternoon of reminiscing over their weddings and loved ones as part of national Dementia Awareness Week.
The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, looked to mark the awareness week, held from 15th May, with a specially-themed reminiscence session to stimulate happy memories and discussion amongst residents.
Reminiscence sessions are a regular part of the activities held at the home, but these sessions were made extra special by the use of wedding photos and surprise visits from loved ones.
Residents Muriel and Victor explained that they have been married for seventy-three years, having married at St Philip’s Church in Cambridge in 1943 when Muriel was 21. Their daughter joined them at the session as a surprise for Muriel. When talking of the secret to their marriage, Muriel said; “Hang on to him, that’s what I did. I wouldn’t change him, we’ve been very happy.”
Resident Rae spoke of her fifty-three years of marriage to Hugh, who lives locally and visits her often. Margaret shared her wedding photo album and told the story of how she met her husband in Germany before they came to settle in England.
Activities Coordinator Maureen Dell said, “It was so lovely to hear the happy memories of our residents as part of this special session. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to recall and share their fascinating lives, and the photographs we used were a great prompt to help them reach memories that are often difficult to access.
“After hearing Margaret’s story of her husband who was a scout leader whilst she was a ‘Brown Owl’, we sang old girl guide and scout songs, so had a really lovely time exploring treasured memories from happy times. This is so important for our residents, especially those who have dementia and we will definitely look to repeat these sessions soon.”