My father died from Alzheimer’s.
He was a warm, funny man and a fantastic role model with a kind heart, keen to put others first. Even in his latter years he insisted on wearing a smart shirt and tie every day and was totally content as long as he had a pocket full of sweets that he would share amongst the other residents in his care home.
Alzheimer’s crept up on my Dad over a number of years. Its hard to pin point exactly when we realised something wasn’t quite right. He became forgetful, often lost his keys, mislaid the TV remote control (often found in the bin) and slowly started not to recognise friends and neighbours.
Sadly my story is not unusual. According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes….70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
The Hub staff team and Volunteers have recently completed
Dementia Friendly training – as an organisation we welcome the Teesdale Alzheimer’s Group each week for “Games for the Brain”.
We also receive a high number of regular visitors who pop in to the Hub cafe, enjoy a chat and stroll around the grounds. We welcome everyone.
On 11 June, the Hub are holding a cupcake morning to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. As a cause close to my heart, please come along and join us for a morning of chat, cakes and a cuppa.
I can’t promise to have a pocket full of sweeties but there will be plenty of cakes to enjoy 😊