Dementia Friendly festive tea dance

Cleveland Alzheimers Residential Centre Limited (Cleverarc) hosted its Christmas Dementia Friendly afternoon dance at the Acklam Green Centre last week, as part of the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough initiative.

On Wednesday 5th December 68 invited guests comprising of those living with dementia and their carers from the Middlesbrough community enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea courtesy of Café Connect, a Christmas themed quiz and live music from Class Act in the centre’s Roseberry Hall.

Brian Rowcroft, Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Business Engagement Lead for Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Project, said: “It was an outstanding Christmas event to round off a series of afternoon dances enjoyed by people living with dementia and their carers in Middlesbrough.  The benefits of dancing and music are well known for people living with dementia to help them stay active and re-establish memories. Many people danced when they were young, so the music provided by the exceptional Class Act provided an opportunity to relive those past experiences while enjoying themselves and getting in the Christmas spirit.

“Acklam Green Centre is an ideal venue to host our tea dances as it meets all of the requirements of a dementia friendly venue and the caring provided by Café Connect is excellent.”

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