|Sessions take a step back in time
EVERYDAY objects from years gone by are being used to spark discussions to help people in Wigan living with dementia unlock precious memories.
Leisure provider WLCT’s Library Service is helping to recreate the past with monthly reminiscence sessions at Hindley Library.
Susan White, Library Supervisor at Hindley Library, said: “We’ve set up the sessions to bring older people together, make them feel part of the community they live in and help them keep their minds active by thinking and talking about the past. We’ve just had our first session and it was a great success so I’d encourage anyone who thinks they may want to get involved in future to get in touch.”
The sessions are led by Diane Teskey, from Wigan’s Heritage Service, who brings along objects from years gone by for the group to discuss. The first session including a box of Omo washing powder, a washboard plus a traditional cookery book and bars of soap.
Diane said: “It's about the things that were just part of life when the people attending the sessions were children and young people. They could be the kind of things that everyone takes for granted like soap or the sound of a popular tune from the time.
“We have done some reminiscence work with the community before and have seen how effective it can be. It is fantastic to see some of the people at the sessions suddenly remembering, it's almost like a light coming on and it really can help to transform their lives.”
The reminiscence sessions are part of ambitious plans to make Hindley the borough’s first Dementia Friendly Community. By increasing public awareness about the condition and encouraging the community to be supportive, the team's ultimate aim is to help people living with dementia to retain some of their independence and have choice and control over their own lives.
If you would like to find out more about the sessions, call Susan White at the library on 01942 515831.