Dementia Information and Support for Carers (DISC) recently held a 1950’s themed Tea Party for members of their East Birmingham Carers Group.
Those experiencing memory issues, confusion or who have a dementia diagnosis, along with their carers, took a trip down Memory Lane when they attended the party in Sheldon, Birmingham. Some came in 1950’s dress to get into the spirit of things and everyone enjoyed listening to the music that really captured the era!
DISC, part of Crossroads Caring for Carers, provide advice, guidance and on-going support to informal carers of people with memory problems across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.
Jag Dosanjh, East Birmingham & Solihull Area Co-ordinator said, “Our Carers Group meets weekly and the idea of a 1950’s party came from discussions I had with them. Our group is a chance for carers to have a break, gain information and advice, as well as an opportunity to speak to others who are in a similar situation to them, but this event was for those they care for too. We know that music can trigger memories and can provide emotional and behavioural benefits for people with various types of dementia – it was wonderful to see them become really engaged at the party, singing and laughing.”
Mary Clewlow from Yardley, who cares for her mother Doreen Clewlow (97), regularly attends the Carers Group either alone, or with Doreen if there is an event that she would enjoy, like the Tea Party. Mary said, “When I come alone, as well as a break, I get to speak to others about our shared experiences of caring for someone with memory problems. The DISC team are great. They helped me to navigate my way through the care system, so I now have additional support, which suits our family life.
DISC can help at all stages of the caring journey, including prior to a loved one having a dementia diagnosis. An allocated Dementia Advisor can provide one-to-one support, weekly carer groups, dementia awareness sessions, help with acquiring a diagnosis and an ongoing advocacy service. For full details of how DISC could help you, find out more about your local Carers Group or make a referral visit www.sandwellcrossroads/DISC.