DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

This post is a little different to some I have written, but I wanted to speak to the special outreach that I see our CEO Edwina Hoyle leading in the local community to pro-actively create an awareness of the need for dementia sensitivity training…

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR OPEN HOUSE

For those of you reading these blog posts and real life stories through the eyes of a volunteer, please take a moment and read this invitation. This is a great opportunity to see Memory Matters up close and personal. Come and meet our…
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SOCIAL DAY CARE

Last week was no different to any other week. The Program Directors namely, Cathee, Karen and Melissa, with support from Ashley, worked tirelessly to organize and lead the programs. As a volunteer I sometimes wonder how they manage to achieve…
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SOMEONE I ONCE KNEW

A week ago this volunteer was speaking to one of the Participants in our Connections program while enjoying a sunny interlude in our  beautiful courtyard garden. It was just a normal conversation with someone who has early symptoms of  Alzheimer's.…
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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!

It is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and both in the Club and Connections programs we have been recalling our school days when we were encouraged to learn and recite from plays including Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo…
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OPTIMISM

Great day at Memory Matters! The participants in the Connections day program engaged in a really interesting and challenging discussion on "the benefits of an optimistic attitude". The word "happy" has many synonyms from ecstatic to exultant…
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CONNECTIONS

Connections: is a weekly program designed for those diagnosed in the early stages of dementia or who have mild cognitive impairment. The families we greet at 10am on Thursdays appear energized and excited to be joining, meeting and contributing.…
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WELCOME TO THE DEMENTIA DAY CARE VOLUNTEER'S BLOG

Hi, This blog and those that follow are intended to be read by all members of the family, not just the caregiver and the loved one diagnosed with a dementia, but sons and daughters and older grandchildren. I hope it will encourage families…