Wendover Dementia Support, July 2022
The Monday Club Café celebrated the Platinum Jubilee on Monday 30th May. The Christian Centre was decorated with Union Jack bunting and red, white and blue balloons and flowers. Our visitors came all dressed up for the Jubilee and were served tea in china cups and saucers and home- made cakes with Union Jack icing. A popular feature was the life-sized cardboard cut-out of the Queen and everyone enjoyed singing the National Anthem and a whole range of patriotic and uplifting songs.
Most of our visitors remember the coronation and enjoyed reminiscing over pictures of the Queen at various stages in her reign and thinking about their own lives. While our visitors often have difficulty with short term memory they are often able to recall incidents and memories from the past. We therefore encourage reminiscence at the Monday Club café as it can give people with dementia a sense of competence and confidence through using a skill they still have. We all possess memories, we all have our own unique life history and recalling the past is a means of owning it and hence preserving ourselves. Music also has a special role in taking us back in time, and bringing the feelings of joy associated with particular songs into the present moment.
We support anyone living locally with a diagnosis of dementia and our service includes home visits, the Monday Club Café and the Family Support Group. To learn about our positive approach to dementia see our website www.wendoverds.org.uk.