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Shed to help people with dementia

PUBLISHED: 14:57 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:19 03 July 2010

A garden project that aims to improve the lives of male dementia sufferers is taking shape.

The so-called shed project at the Kings Centre in Great Yarmouth is using the traditional boys' bolt hole to help male sufferers of the condition and help them to reminisce.

A garden project that aims to improve the lives of male dementia sufferers is taking shape.

The so-called shed project at the Kings Centre in Great Yarmouth is using the traditional boys' bolt hole to help male sufferers of the condition and help them to reminisce.

The project by the Alzheimers Society will be officially opened by Mayor Tony Smith on Thursday at a special event marking Dementia Awareness Week, although a few finished touches are needed.

Branch manager David Dickeson said: “A lot of our activities are geared towards females like knitting and sewing, so we thought of the shed project to get the men, and woman, pottering about. They will be able to make things in the shed or just do seedlings.”

The shed, which is 8ft long and 6ft wide, will be wheelchair friendly once work is finished.

Mr Dickeson said it was important for the branch to provide such activities to dementia sufferers, especially for their carers.

He added: “Obviously it helps the sufferers but it also gives the carers respite. They can learn about support and new drugs available for the condition.”

For further information on dementia visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or to contact the local support branch call 01493 655989.

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