East renfrewshire locals are being invited to attend a dementia-friendly cinema inside a care home to support Dementia Awareness Week.
Dementia Awareness Week. running from 3rd – 9th June is a national initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society who aims to raise awareness and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Newton House Care Home on North Greenlaw Way is opening its cinema to people living with dementia and their carers and putting on a special screening of the classic 1950s film, South Pacific.
Dementia-friendly cinema screenings are welcomed by the Alzheimer’s support groups. Recent research conducted by the charity found that 69 per cent of people with dementia said that the main reason they stop going out and socialising is a lack of confidence.
Home Manager Helen Hendrie said that it was important that people living with dementia get the same social opportunities as everyone else.
She said: “There are more than 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, so there has never been a more crucial time to support this initiative.
“Not only are we committed to providing the very best possible care for our residents living with the condition, but we want to raise awareness within the community about what it is like to live with dementia.
“Dementia can be quite overwhelming, and once someone has the condition, social environments do not always feel accessible or welcoming.
“I love going to the cinema so I’m glad the we can open up our home and put on this dementia-friendly event.”
South Pacific will be shown at Newton House Care Home’s Cinema on Monday 3rd June at 2.00pm.
Popcorn and ice-cream will be served during the interval and refreshments available for carers/companions. A request for donations to support Alzheimer’s Scotland will be made at the door.
The 2019 Dementia Awareness Week will focus on raising awareness of the importance of dementia research, the impact it can have and the vital need for new research volunteers.
The week aims to make sure that more people than ever have access to dementia care, information and support, and to spread the word about dementia.
Newton House, which is run by luxury care provider, Hamberley Care Homes, is opening soon and is the first home for the group in Scotland.
Newton House will offer residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short breaks for carers in need of a well-deserved break from their caring role.
Amongst many well-appointed features, the home includes a cinema, a café area, a hair and beauty salon with a nail bar and luxurious lounges throughout the home.
Photo: (Left to Right) Carolanne Fine (Homemaker), Thomas Howood (Wellbeing & lifestyles Coach), Cathie Armstrong (Homemaker)