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Dukes Pioneering Activities for 'A Life More Ordinary' with Dementia

Chris Satori


There’s a busy spring ahead for The Dukes' pioneering series of events for people with dementia, their family and friends.

'A Life More Ordinary' is now in its second year at the Lancaster theatre. It aims to improve the lives of people with dementia by providing fun activities and film screenings in an adapted environment, not only at The Dukes, but also across the country.

Let’s Dance sessions continue on March 13 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. There will be further sessions on 15 May & 10 July and onwards.

For those who enjoy sharing tales, there’s a storytelling session on April 24 from 2.30-4pm. No writing experience is necessary for Story Circle led by writer Steve Fairclough. Photographs are used to inspire the imagination and memories to bring characters and stories to life. There will be a further Story Circle on 12 June.

Another of The Dukes' popular 'A Life More Ordinary' film screenings takes place on April 10 with Oklahoma. Tickets for these friendly screenings are just £4  and carers go free. Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm

The lecture series continues on April 27 at 7pm with 'Still Me: The continuing self of someone with dementia' by  Lancaster University Emeritus Professor, Roger Clough. The lecture and discussion will pursue the topic of self and a continuing, though changing, identity as reflected in the book and film, 'Still Alice'.

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

Free teas, coffees and pastries are provided at all 'A Life More Ordinary' creative sessions and film screenings, courtesy of Iceland supermaket.

Pastoral care is not provided at 'A Life More Ordinary' events so a friend, family member or carer must also attend.

For more information, visit where there’s a short film about the scheme or ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500.


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Dance sessions are a popular A Life More Ordinary event.
Dance sessions are a popular A Life More Ordinary event.