Posted: November 5 2018
A project called the Healthy Memory Café, supporting people with memory problems in Lower Lea Valley, has been growing in popularity since opening its doors this summer. It offers locals the chance to come along and meet up over a friendly cup of tea every month.
Sylvia is 73 and lives in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Since the Healthy Memory Café opened Sylvia and her husband have become regular visitors. Sylvia said: ‘I really look forward to the Friday morning sessions now, as everyone is so friendly and welcoming and those who run it do such a good job. It is a great way to meet different people, who are in a similar stage of memory loss.
(Left to right) Trisha Fleaty, Lea Valley Health Federation; Lyn Youthed, Tesco community Champion; Paul Brown, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust; Kerry Atkins, Hertswise; and Sylvia, a regular visitor at Healthy Memory Café.
The Healthy Memory Café meets monthly at Tesco in Cheshunt's Brookfield Centre. It is supported by a wide range of organisations representing the health and social care sectors plus voluntary community, advice and statutory organisations.
Waltham Cross GP Dr Haydar Bolat has a special interest in dementia and chairs the Lower Lea Valley Dementia Task and Finish Group, out of which the Healthy Memory Café has grown.
“This venture brings together professionals from many local organisations, including the voluntary sector, in one place to support not only those who have been diagnosed with dementia, but anyone who is struggling with memory issues,” he explained.
“We have doctors, nurses, pharmacists, benefits and legal advisors, along with Herts police and fire services, who can advise on safety issues, and many more, making it easy for people to get the support and advice they need in one place.”
Since the first event in July word has spread and now over 160 local residents in total have attended these popular monthly events.
Paul Brown, Project Manager from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust went on to explain: “The aim of the Healthy Memory Café is to be very informal, somewhere people who are experiencing memory difficulties, and their carers, can come together for a cuppa and a chat with local experts. It’s about the local community helping each other.”
The Healthy Memory Café meets on the last Friday of every month at Tesco in Cheshunt’s Brookfield Centre in the Community Room between 10.30am and 12 noon. Call T: 01992 622157 for more details.
Click here to listen to the BBC Three Counties radio interview about the Healthy Memory Café with Dr Haydar Bolat.
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