Extra help for dementia sufferers and carers as cafe opens

Enjoying tea at the cafe
Enjoying tea at the cafe
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A NEW cafe for dementia sufferers and their carers has opened in Sheffield.

The Wellbeing Cafe at Roman Ridge Extra Care Scheme in Wincobank has been set up in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society offering somewhere for people to meet for a cup of tea and a chat.

The idea is that people will gain support from other residents and professionals from the charity, who will also be on hand providing information and advice.

The project follows similar initiatives set up around South Yorkshire, including the Forget-Me-Not cafe which runs in Goldthorpe Community Church in Goldthorpe on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am until 1.30pm.

The Wellbeing Cafe runs fortnightly on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12pm, with the next one also due to take place on March 2.

Alan Taylor, manager of Roman Ridge, an independent living scheme that provides apartments for the elderly, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Alzheimer’s Society to offer this facility to people in north Sheffield.

“Roman Ridge is all about supported independent living and the Wellbeing Café will help improve the quality of life of people in the community with dementia as well as their family, friends and carers.

“This is an excellent way of using our resources and expertise in care to reach out and offer support to the wider community.”

Nicola Jacobson, dementia support manager for the charity in Sheffield, said: “The whole idea of dementia cafés is they are a place where everyone is in the same boat – a place where people feel comfortable because they are with others in a similar situation.

“Our central dementia café has been running for about seven years and has become very popular as an informal venue for people with dementia and carers to get support. We recently received funding to set up new cafes in the north and south which means we can provide increased support to a greater number of people.”

It is estimated that by 2030 one in five people in South Yorkshire will be over 65 and the number of people with dementia is expected to rise. In those aged over 65, one in 100 will suffer dementia. For those between 70 and 79, it rises to one in 25. For those over 80, it will be one in six.