'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.  It has been supported by Alzheimer's Support since April 2017.

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. This summer subjects have ranged from the great British stiff upper lip and ration books, to comic books of the 50s, Donald Trump and North Korea!

Members 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 members' partners meet for conversation and mutual support in another room in Elizabeth’s home. This parallel group is hosted by her husband John.  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 07812 381463 or email Elizabeth.

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Group's future secured  May 2017

Summer newsletter  July 2017 
includes: Animating the Archives, Safer Walking research project, circle dancing, Sculpture Park trip and 'secret shopping' to help build Dementia Friendly communities and facilities