Sanctuary Care residents in Chelmsford fondly revisited the ‘good old days’ during Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May).
The Oaklands Park museum donated themed memory boxes filled with genuine memorabilia so residents could roll back the clock to reminisce about a number of different eras – from the Make do and Mend era, to an overview of Chelmsford’s manufacturing industry across the past decades.
The nostalgic activity proved to be very thought-provoking and highlighted the sentimental pastimes people living with dementia can benefit from looking back to.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Natalie Csizmazia said: “Many of our residents live with dementia and with a bit of a support can recall the most fascinating memories. These are truly inspiring to listen to and our reminiscence tea party proved to be as thought-provoking as we imagined it would be. We hope it highlights the simple ways to support those living with dementia to lead contented lives.”
Brought back wonderful memories
Following the activity, 84-year-old resident Cliff Lee said: “It was so interesting to see all the memory boxes and I could remember some of the items as if it was yesterday.”
Fellow resident Margaret Hide (who is 96) really enjoyed looking over an Essex Chronicle from 1951. She said: “I remember some of the news clippings – what I remember the most was Woods Bakery, it was such a shame when they closed down, they made such lovely bread.”
Finally, Joyce Bird, 80, added: “It all brought back wonderful memories and it was interesting to see all the old things, even though they didn’t feel old to me.”
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.