Dementia is a general term that encompasses a range of symptoms associated with a decline in cognitive function, with the effect on memory one of the more well known presentations of the disease. It’s common for sufferers of dementia to struggle more with their short-term memory than their long-term, meaning it’s easier for them to recall events from the distant past rather than the last few weeks, for example. This is where the care for our dementia patients in Brighton had to be approached with creativity – and so we came up with our Memory Lane, featured last year on Meridian News!
We’ve turned our special garden into an area that recreates the post war era, with shops, tea rooms, memorabilia, costumes, food and drink, and music lovingly put together to bring back memories of the 1940’s. It helps keep residents connected with their pasts, and provides them with entertainment, fun, and something to have a good old chat about. Families and friends of residents also enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with their loved ones, and it’s certainly a talking point for many that visit.
We’re always thinking of new ways to keep the memories of our residents alive, and with this special approach to care for dementia patients in Brighton, we’re hoping to prove that it doesn’t have to be boring! See the Memory Lane video here.