'We talk and laugh a lot. It is very therapeutic'

This discussion group for people living with dementia is led by Elizabeth Bartlett who has worked in this field for over thirty years. It meets in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of her home in Laverstock, near Salisbury, on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon. 

Members of the group talk about their experiences and their special interests. Sometimes these are memories from the past, but they often discuss recent news items as well.

They also share ways they have found of coping with dementia and some of the things that are difficult for them now. In the group they realise they are not alone and others understand.

What they say

A reporter from BBC Radio Wiltshire visited the group recently and the following comments from members were included in the broadcast:

     "Coming to the group has been a revelation for me. Before I came, I didn't know there were
     different kinds of dementia. It has opened my eyes

     "When I was first diagnosed, I was very down. But coming here has helped me a lot."

     "It's the camaraderie and the understanding. It makes such a difference."

     "We talk and we laugh a lot. It is very therapeutic."

Carers' group

At the same time, many of the family carers meet as a peer support group in another room in Elizabeth’s home.  The carers often describe this group as a “lifeline” and as a place where they can meet others who “really understand” what it is like to live with someone who has dementia.

To find out more about the groups contact Elizabeth Bartlett on 0781 238 1463 or email Elizabeth.