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Reminiscence sessions highlight demand for old memorabilia

Reminiscence sessions highlight demand for old memorabilia
5th May 2009

A charity based in Norfolk is asking people to lend a helping hand and donate objects from the 1930s onwards in their bid to help dementia sufferers through nostalgia.

The Alzheimer's Society Norwich and District Branch spoke to the local Evening News to get in touch with kind-hearted souls who want to part with old memories in order to help others in a less advantageous position regain their own.

Hayley Howes, an outreach worker with the charity, said that the concept is one which definitely works, with reminiscence sessions bringing back all manner of things.

She explained: "Someone who hasn't spoken for a while will suddenly say a whole sentence recalling a memory from their past, when they see an item which reminds them of something, like their parents using something similar."

Anyone with toy cars, records, household items, cigarette cards and cameras should contact Ms Howes through telephone on 01603 432948 or at hayley.howes@alzheimers.org.uk.

The Alzheimer's Society aims to prevent the number of people with dementia reaching its projected total of one million by 2025.

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