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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Royal Commission supporting Dementia Awareness Week 17-23 May 2015

Last Thursday images from the People’s Collection Wales www site provided a talking point at an event promoting Dementia Awareness at Y Plas, Machynlleth. Many of the images were from a previous digitisation event in the town organised by Communities First initiative in 2011, but many were also from the Royal Commission’s own collections.

The photographs included the Queen’s visit in the 1977 Jubilee year; the Eisteddfod held in the town in 1981; former businesses such as the Powys Cinema, Arvonia Bakery and Read’s Garage; and buildings on the PhotoScoot 2014 wheelchair-friendly town trail.

The event was organised by The Alzheimer’s Society and Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales as part of the Dementia Friendly Powys project funded by Powys Council.

A Memory Café for Machynlleth is one of the ideas currently being explored. The venue would provide people with memory problems or dementia and their carers an opportunity to meet regularly with others in similar circumstances. Health and Social Services professionals would also be available to provide practical advice and information about support services.

Memory Boxes comprising old photographs, objects from bygone eras, and games designed to stimulate reminiscences, often form part of the therapeutic activities available at such cafés.
The laminated images provided by the Royal Commission for the event may eventually form part of the ‘Memory Box for Mach’. 

Follow this links to see more of the images available on the People’s Collection Wales www site for Machynlleth:

Ingrid Bernathova, Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales, and Glenys Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth, (left), learning from locaIngrid Bernathova, Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales, and Glenys Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth, (left), learning from local residents that South Pacific and Love Me Tender (starring Elvis Presley) were among the films once shown at the Powys Cinema (http://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/32837).

(left to right) Heather Lewis, Dementia Advisor Nurse, Powys Local Health Board; Deanna Groom, RCAHMW; Richard Jones, Machynlleth Community Council Clerk; Glynis Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth; and Vanessa  Garwood, Alzheimer’s Society.

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