Alzheimer’s groups launched in Great Dunmow

Carol Chilcott and Graham Mansell, Alzheimers Society volunteers with Cathy Brown, group activity co

Carol Chilcott and Graham Mansell, Alzheimers Society volunteers with Cathy Brown, group activity coordinator, Alzheimers Society. - Credit: Archant

Two new activity groups for people with dementia were launched in Great Dunmow on Monday, November 30 by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The two new groups will being held at the Dunmow Maltings each Monday, with the aim to provide a social atmosphere to help dementia sufferers keep physically and mentally active.

The first group, called Keeping Active Together, runs from 10am to 12.30pm and offers people with dementia an opportunity to engage in a range of physical activities, including indoor bowling, music and dance and seated exercises.

The second, Active Minds, which runs from 1pm to 3.30pm, aims to engage people with mild to moderate dementia in activities including reminiscence discussions, musical exercises and games. Both groups offer an opportunity to socialise.

Marion Howell, of the Alzheimer’s Society in west Essex, said: “Activity groups can make a huge difference to people’s sense of wellbeing. Attendees can get involved in all sorts of activities, and the groups enable people with dementia to meet other people in a similar situation while also having fun and trying out new things.

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“There are more than 82,000 people in the east of England with dementia, including around 24,000 in Essex. With the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

People are welcome to attend both groups from 10am until 3.30pm, and are invited to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

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For more information about the activity groups, contact the Uttlesford office of the Alzheimer’s Society on 01371 872519, or visit

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