Dementia support group Rutland Reminders’ annual meeting had two special guests.
Councillor Adam Lowe, former Mayor of Oakham who chose the group as his charity of the year for 2013-14 and retired neurosurgeon Farshad Afsar, who gave a talk on Neurosurgery and Dementia.
The meeting was held at the Brambles, the social centre in Rutland Care Village which hosts the group’s twice-monthly support sessions. Rutland Reminders support people with dementia and their carers.
Research has shown that although dementia causes short term memory loss, sufferers can recall early years memories associated with music and poems.
At Rutland Reminders sessions, members are encouraged to sing old songs, look through photograph albums, and handle items from the Box of Reminders including postcards, wartime ration books and old money.
There are an estimated 800,000 people with demential in the UK, of those 500 are in Rutland.
For more information go to www.rutlandreminders.org.uk.