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Can you help St Joseph's rekindle precious memories?

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Many people living at St Joseph’s residential home have, or will develop, a form of dementia - a condition that can cause memory loss, among other symptoms.

Many of those living with the disease have problems with short-term memories, but happily recall their earlier lives. Therefore, staff at St Joseph’s are transforming the two upstairs lounges into memory rooms, decorated with items that will rekindle the memories of residents.

To help make the rooms as authentic as possible, they are appealing for any items from the 1950s and 1960s which people would be happy to donate. These may include photographs, books, games, lamps, furniture, pictures, games, knick-knacks or other memorabilia.

Pam Booton, Manager at St Joseph's, wants to create rooms in which people can relax and reminisce. Often, being surrounded by familiar furniture and décor can have a soothing effect on dementia patients. Reawakening treasured memories can elicit an emotional response, bringing back the person underneath the symptoms.

If you can donate any items that could help recreate those decades, please contact Pam Booton or Sally Scattergood at St Joseph’s on 01675 434500 or email stjosephs@fatherhudsons.org.uk

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