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Cafe opens to support military veterans with dementia

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 29, 2013

  • Naval base commander Commodore Little was at the opening on October 22

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A new cafe for sufferers of dementia – in particular those who have served their country in the armed forces – has opened in Plymouth.

The Memory Cafe for people living with dementia has opened at the Crownhill family centre on Crownhill Fort Road, and will be available every other Tuesday.

The Alzheimer's Society, working with the Plymouth Drake Foundation, launched the new group in order to meet the growing need in the Plymouth area for support groups for people with a dementia diagnosis.

Due to the strong military presence in Plymouth, the society felt there was a need to provide a specific service where veterans could share military experiences. In addition, dementia support will be made available for ex-service men and women living with the condition.

The Memory Cafe will serve a number of purposes, including reducing social isolation by providing a regular meeting place for people living with the disease and their carers, as well as providing a place where support and information about dementia can be shared. A spokesman for the Alzheimer's Society said the Memory Cafe also intends to help those suffering from dementia improve their mood and hopes to leave them feeling good about themselves.

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