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 choir with a purpose! Started in 2014 the choir was born out of a wish to enable people living with dementia and carers, to come together and experience both the many benefits of singing and the friendship of others living through similar experiences. 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
For over 10 years Sporting Memories have been using the power of remembering and talking about sport – along with physical exercise – to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness. They are dedicated to bringing together older adults through the love of sport. There are Sporting Memories Clubs around Swansea and they provide social and physical activities. Everyone finds fun, friendship and increased well-being. For details of their weekly events check the What’s On page.
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.