New Age UK dementia support groups launched in Salford

This World Alzheimer’s Month, Age UK Salford has started a number of new community-based support groups, as the demand for groups for those living with dementia grows.

World Alzheimer’s Month is celebrated globally each September to raise awareness and to help people become more informed about dementia, symptoms and living with a diagnosis.

Every other week on a Monday afternoon, Age UK Salford will run a brand new Dementia Café. The first one held earlier this week saw three couples attend already.

Joan and Neville Owen attended the special cafe on its opening day

Joan said: “From my view, as a carer it’s made me feel so much better, getting out and seeing others like me.”

The Age UK Salford Dementia Cafe’s have been running for many years and support those living with dementia and their carers. They give people the opportunity to reach out, socialise and meet other families affected by dementia.

Marj and Malcolm Jones also went along

Malcolm Jones said: “It’s been really nice today. We’ve really enjoyed it and I look forward to the next time.”

Alongside this, a new Young-Onset Dementia Group are meeting every Thursday at Emmanuel Church in Salford. People who develop young-onset are sometimes referred to as younger people with dementia.

A new Friendship Group for carers is launching on Monday 4th October, with the first group meeting at the Morning Star in Swinton. They will meet on the first Monday of the month at 4 pm.

Both groups offer practical and emotional support mixed with fun and social activities.

Mary Ann Byrne, Dementia Support Manager said: “There has been a greater need and demand for our services as we move out of the pandemic and these additional groups will enable us to support more individuals and families living with dementia.

“Meeting in a group can help people get their confidence back and know they aren’t alone on their dementia journey.”

If anyone is interested in attending a group or alternatively an online group run by Age UK Salford, please contact the team on 07928 826036 or email [email protected].

Age UK Salford’s Dementia Support Service offers a one-stop-shop of online and face to face support across the city for individuals, families and carers affected by dementia.

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