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Posted by: Lizzie Gurr, on 23/03/2015

Care home residents celebrate World Alzheimers Day

Residents at Sussex Housing & Care’s Woodlands care home in Crowborough and Oakwood Court care home in Haywards Heath celebrated World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September by trying food from the last 70 years and sharing memories about the dishes.

Residents enjoyed everything from the post war staple of bread and dripping and spam fritters to smash potato, curry and pop tarts. Vintage food adverts were projected on the wall and staff at captured residents’ stories of years gone by to mark the national day of action and to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.

Woodlands resident Peggy Cooke said “I remember in the 1950’s the wheel barrows and horse and carts coming round the roads with walls ice cream and cockles, winkles, whelks and mussels and on a Saturday night we’d go to the bakers and buy bags of leftovers for sixpence and have them for Sunday tea.”

Ramsey MacDougall enjoyed the afternoon of nostalgia and said: “I worked as a delivery boy in the butchers at the age of 12 and got extra rations of meat. I tried the spam fritters today which tasted better than the ones we had in 1950’s!”

Lee Hares, Home Manager said: “We have enjoyed supporting World Alzheimer’s Day with our food through the decades activity. Residents shared some very vivid memories after being stimulated with dishes from their younger years and we understand the importance of helping our residents live well with Alzheimer’s or dementia.”

There are 85,000 people with dementia in the UK and many still face the condition without adequate support. World Alzheimer’s Day is an annual event led by Alzheimer’s Society and aims to raise awareness, highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and how issues can be overcome.



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