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Alzheimer’s UK and Dementia Friends

Alzheimer’s UK and Dementia Friends

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ALZHEIMER’S UK AND DEMENTIA FRIENDS   At their September meeting, Harrogate and District Soroptimists welcomed Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, for Ripon, Harrogate & Craven,York and Selby. Alison explained that alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia. She then guided us through a few practical tasks, which really got us thinking about what it means to be a person living with the disease. She told us about some of the services which are run locally including Singing for the Brain and Dementia Cafes, which provide people with dementia and carers a platform to talk openly about living with dementia, in a relaxed and informal environment. Alison explained that she is a Champion of Dementia Friends, which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, working to change the way that people think, act and talk about dementia. In thanking Alison for her talk,

“Shades of Grey” provide plenty of colour and music to our Fundraising Evening

“Shades of Grey” provide plenty of colour and music to our Fundraising Evening

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The terrace at the Hub in Knaresborough provided the perfect place to  savour the fantastic view over the Nidd Gorge in Knaresborough over a glass of Pimms. Club Members, family and friends were then excellently entertained with the varied music of ‘Shades of Grey’, who are a local vocal group who come from the Ripon area.  A wide variety of 60s and 70s music from such as the Moody Blues, Elvis Presley, Mungo Jerry and the Mammas & Papas, together with the sound of feet tapping and guests singing along, added to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A tasty buffet supper gave us time to rest our vocal chords before being entertained once again with more well known tunes. Funds raised on the evening from the raffle and profits from the bar are for the Alzheimers Society and the Harrogate Renal Satellite Unit.       After