Sanctuary Care residents in Bushbury, Wolverhampton took a trip down memory lane to raise awareness of dementia.
During Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May), the team and residents at Highcroft Hall Residential Care Home in Old Fallings Lane stepped back in time to the roaring forties for a fabulous reminiscence day.
Enjoying a trip down memory lane
There were a-line skirts and polka dots galore as some of the team dress in their finest 1940s attire for the special occasion.
There was also large reminiscence boards – filled with themed memorabilia from local historian Mervin Srodzinsky – and toe-tapping live music from the era from vintage vocal harmony trio the Bluebird Belles.
The nostalgic celebrations highlighted the fun and simple ways to engage with people living with dementia.
86-year-old Joan Hampson, who was evacuated to the Midlands from Kent in the 1940s, said: “It was so lovely to hear all the old songs again. I had a lovely day revisiting the 1940s.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Jayne Woods said: “Every year we pull out all the stops to help raise awareness during Dementia Awareness Week as it’s a cause so close to our hearts, and this year is no different .Our residents love a trip down memory lane and reminiscence is so beneficial for those living with dementia.”
About Dementia Awareness Week
Dementia Awareness Week, an awareness drive from the Alzheimer’s Society, is a week where people all over the country are encouraged to unite with their communities to raise awareness of dementia.