Dementia is a syndrome (collection of symptoms) that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is a progressive syndrome caused by damage to the brain cells, by various diseases and conditions including Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.
Currently in the UK there are 800,000 people with dementia, with a third aged 95 years+ and two thirds being women. It is predicted that by 2021 there will be a million people with dementia.
Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community (not in a home or hospital setting), which is why community awareness and care is vital to maintaining that the quality of life for those affected.
Dementia does not mean that one cannot continue to contribute and be an active member of society. For this reason, MCC is now aiming to become a “Dementia Friendly” Club though raising awareness and supporting those living with dementia within the local community and their carers.
MCC aims to help to contribute towards a dementia friendly community which, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, is “where people with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them.”
On 22 June, the MCC v Hertfordshire Anniversary Day formed the backdrop for “Memory Makers” – local students from St Augustine’s CE School to interview MCC members, players and guests about their favourite cricket and other sporting memories.
MCC is working in partnership with Sporting Memories Network, and the Memory Makers tweeted and posted on the Sporting Memories Network website and will be used in future dementia related project work.
A second group of students from St Augustine’s took part in an inter-generational project with local people who are living with dementia. The collective group took part in a tour of Lord’s and then enjoyed watching the bicentenary match whilst discussing their own sporting memories as well as memories that the students had collected from family and friends.
Greg Aspinall, Deputy Services Team Manager, Westminster Dementia Service, said: "Our day at MCC was so much fun for all of us, and all of our older people really enjoyed interacting with the young people from St Augustine's.
"The match was a really worthwhile reminiscence activity, and we really appreciated the use of the box, the amazing lunch, and the highly enjoyable and informative tour."
To ensure commitment to Dementia Awareness, MCC staff volunteers in partnership with Sporting Memories Network and Alzhiemer’s Society will deliver regular reminiscence sessions at Lord’s, where local residents can meet to talk about sporting memories. Please click here for further information.
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