While there is unlikely to be a genuine post-Covid world, we are now learning to carefully live with the condition and starting to enjoy the events and activities that are springing up around us.
With this in mind, Dementia Network has curated a list of some of the best dementia-centred activities taking place this autumn; click through to see a handy map to show you where they all are. Enjoy!
Sharing memories in Glasgow
A regular Friday event for those living with dementia, Glasgow Memories is a cosy session at Springburn Library using music, photographs and objects to help create interesting group chats and fire up those nostalgic thoughts. Free tea and biscuits too. There’s no need to book, and you can drop in at 11am any Friday.
Films and singing in Suffolk
Meanwhile over in Suffolk the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft is finally able to restart its regular Sunday Classics film screenings for those touched by dementia. Come along with the family and enjoy a singalong as well as a screening of American Graffiti. You can arrive from 1.30pm, the film will start at 2.30, and the whole event will finish around 5-5.30.
Bi-monthly art classes in the Vale of Glamorgan
For those with an artistic streak, why not head to these well-loved art classes (running the second and fourth Wednesday in the month at 10.30am). Specifically for those living with dementia, the classes will provide you with all the materials you need free of charge, and they serve tea, coffee and cake while you paint.
Singing sessions in Hull
Get those lungs working with these regular singing sessions at the Park Street Performing Arts Centre in Hull, which build on the increasing evidence that regular singing as part of a group can make you feel healthier, happier and actually improve physical and emotional health. Free tea and coffee too, every Wednesday at 11am.
Walking and fresh air in Bodmin
For those living in the beautiful South-West, you could head over to the dementia-friendly Bodmin walking group, for fresh air, companionship and exercise. Meets the first Monday of every month at 11.30am.
Opera in Leeds
A flamboyant production of Carmen, one of the most popular operas ever written, which is also dementia friendly – tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers, so that they can enjoy live performance in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. It takes