Those suffering from dementia and the family members who care for them often need a wide range of support services. As part of their health and social care work, Bromley Council has funded two new Dementia Wellbeing and Exercise cafes in the local area.
The cafes are operated by MindCare, who are a strategic partner of Bromley Council. They are held at 28 Beckenham Road in Beckenham and the United Reformed Church on Giggs Hill in Orpington. The cafes provide a place for people to socialise and meet others who are in similar situations, benefitting dementia patients and their family and friends alike. Attendees can also take part in a range of light exercises in a friendly environment.
These cafes are part of a variety of services that are available to families affected by dementia in the Bromley area. Many of these services have received funding as part of a council initiative. The other projects include the opening of a specialist dementia unit at the Saxon Centre in Orpington that Age Concern Orpington runs; an activities co-ordinator for older residents in Chislehurst through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich; and support for dementia sufferers across the BME communities in Beckenham and Penge as part of a Bromley and Lewisham Mind initiative.
To find out more about the dementia cafes, you can call MindCare on 020 8249 7282.
You can learn more about the services for those with dementia in the local area here.
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