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Array of activities at Grantham dementia homes

Gregory House residents, volunteers and staff, from left, Freda Long, Gill Lenton, Godfrey Phillips, Barbara Cross, Zenda Dempster and Cilla Beal. 0217A.

Gregory House residents, volunteers and staff, from left, Freda Long, Gill Lenton, Godfrey Phillips, Barbara Cross, Zenda Dempster and Cilla Beal. 0217A.

To mark this year’s National Dementia Awareness week from May 18 to May 24, homes run by the Order of St John Care Trust have put on various events.

At 2pm on Monday residents, staff and family members at all of the Trust’s care homes simultanously released hundreds of balloons to herald the start of the awareness week.

Amongst the homes participating was Gregory House in Welby Gardens, who started by holding a coffee morning which proved popular with both residents and visitors.

Activities Co-ordinator Zenda Dempster said: “It really helps the residents but also their families to have events put on like this, and a lot of family members came to the coffee morning and helped with the balloons.”

One of Gregory House’s residents, 99-year-old Cilla Beal, said: “I think the week is a very good idea, and I just wish we had more of them.”

After the excitement of Monday the residents settled down to a talk on Grantham’s history, and were able to reminisce about past sights and stores depicted in a slideshow of black and white photos.

At Gregory House this was given by Malcolm Baxter and his sister Gill, while local historian Malcolm Knapp was also on hand to give a presentation on Grantham’s past at the recently opened Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre at Arlington Gardens, just off Springfield Road.

Apple Tree’s bursar Anne Philbey said: “The residents were really excited about it all. We were able to release the balloons from our balcony.”

After the historical talks everyone was treated to scones, strawberries and other sweet confections during specially organised cream teas.

There were also performances from singers specialising in wartime classics, and tomorrow all of those at the homes will be enjoying a traditional Friday meal of fish and chips.

 

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