Residents from High Wycombe with staff during their Memory Walk image
Residents from High Wycombe with staff during their Memory Walk

Residents at The Royal Star & Garter Homes have taken part in Memory Walks as part of Dementia Action Week.

Veterans from the three Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe took part in the event with members of staff to raise awareness of dementia on the 20th of May.

It is one of a string of activities taking place in the Homes to mark Dementia Action Week, an Alzheimer’s Society campaign which runs from the 20th-26th of May 2019 and aims to take action to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

There are musical activities taking place in the Homes during Dementia Action Week. There are also regular concerts and musical events and activities held each week.

Music is known to make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia, by helping them reconnect with others. This has been highlighted on BBC One’s Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, note the Homes.

At High Wycombe, residents walked through Henley-on-Thames and enjoyed afternoon snacks. During the week, there were also music recollection activities, a tea party, and a scenic drive through Windsor.

Reggie Ballos, Dementia Nurse Manager at the High Wycombe Home, said: “Being outdoors, feeling the sun and breeze on your face, does wonders for your well-being. That connection with nature can bring significant benefits to people living with dementia.”

In Solihull, residents living with dementia took part in a memory walk in Henley-in-Arden and later tucked into ice cream. During the rest of the week, they have taken part in a sensory reminiscence group, sing-alongs, a tea party and baking.

Residents and staff from the Solihull Home at Henley-in-Arden image
Residents and staff from the Solihull Home at Henley-in-Arden

Charlie Wilson, Activities and Volunteers Manager at the Solihull Home, commented: “The walk is stimulating and really good for residents. It allows them to reminisce and connect with something familiar.

“Dementia Action Week is important to us because we are passionate about providing specialist dementia care.”

At Surbiton, residents were also joined by relatives for the Memory Walk in Bushy Park, which was followed by a picnic. The Home also held musical and other reminiscing activities during the week.

Dementia Nurse Consultant at the Surbiton Home Sanna Laaksonen said: “Being outside and surrounded by trees and nature brings such a calming atmosphere. Residents feel a sense of joy. It is one of the reasons our sensory gardens are so popular with residents living with dementia.”

Residents, relatives and staff from the Home in Surbiton walking through Bushy Park image
Residents, relatives and staff from the Home in Surbiton walking through Bushy Park

The Royal Star & Garter Homes cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with dementia and disability.

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