Social ActivitiesIt’s a good idea to stay active and carry on doing the things you have enjoyed doing in the company of others. Why not join a group doing something completely different?
Forget Me Not Clubs
The Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs were set up in Swansea in October 2010 to help people living with all types of dementia and their careers. The Clubs are run by volunteers, and this will hopefully integrate the people with dementia and their carers into the local community. For details of their weekly events check the What’s On page.
Musical Memories Choir
The Musical Memories Choir is for people effected by dementia in any way. It’s a great place to socialise and connect with others over singing and a tasty lunch. For details of their weekly events check the What’s On page.
Singing for the Brain
Singing for the Brain sessions are organised by The Alzheimer’s Society and use singing to bring people with dementia, and their partners or carers, together in a friendly and stimulating activity that can help to improve brain activity, wellbeing and mood. You don’t need to be a good singer to benefit! Sessions take place at Gowerton (St John’s Church Hall, SA4 3EA) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month, 14.00 to 16.00 with other nearby sessions in Neath, Llanelli and Ammanford. Contact: 01269 597690
Forge Fach Community Resource Centre
Based in Clydach, Swansea Forge Fach Community Resource Centre offers Seniors lunch three days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm. Get a two course nutritious home cooked meal for £5 with the opportunity to meet new people in a friendly and relaxed environment. Telephone 01792 845566 up to 2pm the day before to book your place.
A Fortnightly Tea Dance is held on a Tuesday at 2.30pm. The cost is £3.50 and includes the dance as well as refreshments afterwards. Please call the centre for dates 01792 845566.
Transport, if you don’t have access to transport, have mobility issues or just not confident enough to use public transport and would like to come along to the activities please give us a call 01792 865566, we can provide free transport from home to the centre and back home again. More details are on the website at www.forgefach.com/.
Accessible Countryside For Everyone promotes mainly disabled access venues in Swansea. Although it’s not Dementia specific there are some overlaps. The University of the 3rd Age is very active in Swansea and has a large amount of classes and social interests, including Art and Craft. The City & County of Swansea website has a large volume of ‘Lifelong Learning Courses’ as well as details of social groups across Swansea. It’s worth contacting them in advance to assess whether they are suitable or able to cater for people with dementia.
Physical activity can improve the health of mind, body and spirit, and there’s evidence that exercise can protect against dementia. Research is confirming that staying active may help those affected by dementia to maintain their independence and boost their quality of life. Advice on the need to maintain regular exercise for those with dementia can be found via The Alzheimer’s Society website.