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Creating A Life More Ordinary


Dance sessions are a popular A Life More Ordinary event
Dance sessions are a popular A Life More Ordinary event
John Freeman

People with dementia are invited to get creative at some special events at The Dukes in Lancaster this month, and in May.

Storytelling and dance sessions will take place as part of A Life More Ordinary, a scheme which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia by providing fun activities in an adapted environment not only at The Dukes but also across the country.

No writing experience is necessary for Story Circle led by writer Steve Fairclough on April 24 from 2.30-4pm. Photographs are used to inspire the imagination and memories to bring characters and stories to life.

Let’s Dance sessions continue on May 15 led by Anna Daly. From 2.30-4pm, there’s a chance to meet and dance together inspired by memories, social dances and favourite music.

The spring events programme also includes a lecture on 27th April 27 from 7 - 8.30pm. Lancaster University Emeritus Professor, Roger Clough, whose research led to the development of A Life More Ordinary, will talk on Still Me: The continuing self of someone with dementia, inspired by the book and film, Still Alice.

Story Circle and Let’s Dance sessions are free as is the lecture but places are limited so please book in advance.

• For more information, visit this page on The Dukes web site, where there’s a short film about the scheme or ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500. Pastoral care is not provided at A Life More Ordinary events so a friend, family member or carer must also attend.