Charities look to provide support to Plymouth armed forces veterans suffering with Alzheimer's
A GROUP of charities are looking to provide a service for former armed forces men and women suffering with Alzheimer's.
The Drake Foundation along with the Alzheimer's Society and the Royal British Legion are assessing the need to provide a "memory cafe" for ex-service personnel.
The café would be open to those diagnosed with dementia and their families and would seek to provide activities, information and support.
The organisations believe there are more than 3,000 people with dementia in the city and are planning to run a number of similar initiatives across the city.
The plan is to open the memory café – a place where people share memories and work with health professionals – in Crownhill.
The three groups want to hear from anybody who feels they or a loved one would benefit from such a service.
They are also keen to hear from anybody who would like to volunteer their time to support this new venture, particularly those with a military background.
Plymouth Drake Foundation's chief executive Craig McWhinnie said: "This is a great opportunity for our organisations to work together to support a new and exciting project to provide our ex-service personnel with the quality and support which people with dementia and their families need."
Teresa Parsons, the Alzheimer's Society support services manager, said: "We are really pleased that the Drake Foundation and the British Legion are supporting this exciting new memory café for service veterans.
"Peer support is one of the keys to living well with dementia.
"Memory cafes are not just social get togethers in a café style environment. They are a combination of structured activities, information and knowledge sharing, reminiscence and support offered within an informal and understanding environment.
"The café is run by a trained facilitator, supported by other skilled and well-informed staff and volunteers."