A dementia cafes service to support people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families has been launched in South Wales, funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf council.
Dementia cafes offer people with dementia, and their families / carers, much-needed opportunities to meet in a friendly and relaxed environment so enabling them to share experiences, socialise and support one another. They help Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families to feel supported and lead more satisfying lives.
People too often feel isolated upon receiving a diagnosis of dementia, and feel they have nothing to look forward to or enjoy. The purpose of dementia cafes is to assist sufferers and their carers in their legitimate rights to lead fulfilled lives, feel a part of the community and “to be themselves in a relaxed and supportive environment”. They are intended to provide a grass-roots framework for helping people touched by this illness to overcome (or, at least, better cope with) many of the problems faced on a day-to-day basis by advising and supporting one another.
Dementia cafes for Alzheimer’s in South Wales valleys. BBC News, South East Wales, February 21st 2011.