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Waking memories with art activities for Sussex patients with dementia
4:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
Artisitc activities are helping patients with dementia awaken old memories and interests.
Activities coordinator Lynne Cole has been helping people living at Abundant Grace Nursing Home in Seaford, channel their hobbies and interests into works of art which they then sell every year at their summer fete.
Former Spitfire pilot Henry Wilson, 83, joined the RAF in 1947 for two years and worked as a mechanic on the Gloster Meteor aircraft.
The centre piece of Henry’s table is a picture of him in his twenties sitting in a Spitfire.
Ms Cole said: “He never used to talk much, then he started saying, “oh, this is a Spitfire and this is a Hurricane”.
“It is just absolutely amazing that he can remember all of these planes from the war.
“The table he chose to decorate is covered in pictures of planes that all fought on our side during the Second World War.”
Other residents have also benefited from the projects, which they are able to work on from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Sarah Twelftree, 79, creates memory mirrors, which are made from recycled objects that are then glued to the mirror frame, painted and varnished.
Ms Cole added: “It is all about stimulating their minds. We go above and beyond at Abundant Grace and I think this kind of activity is so important.”
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