Catherine West MP met on Wednesday 11 November with people living with dementia at a weekly dementia-friendly café provided by Hornsey Housing Trust and run by Alzheimer’s Society. It provides people with dementia, their families and carers an opportunity to talk openly about living with dementia within a relaxed and informal environment.
The group meets every Wednesday in Hornsey Housing Trust’s sheltered housing scheme at Abyssinia Court. Occasional guest speakers include health and social care professionals and local community representatives. Recent guest entertainment included a show from the Albert’s Band group of travelling Albert Hall musicians.
Catherine West MP said: ‘Groups like these are so important in proving support and companionship, not just for people with dementia but for their carers. I really enjoyed meeting everyone in Abyssinia Court today and want to thank the Alzheimer’s Society and Hornsey Housing Trust for inviting me’.
Alwyn Lewis, Chief Executive of Hornsey Housing Trust said: ‘We are very pleased that Catherine took the time to visit the café, which is the centrepiece of a number of services which the Alzheimer’s Society provides for us. It has been running for a year now and has helped many our residents, their families and carers to better understand and live with the effects of dementia’.
Douglas Russell, Operations Manager for Alzheimer's Society in North West London, said:‘There are currently over 72,000 people living with dementia in London and 879 in Hornsey and Wood Green alone. Dementia cafes allow people with the condition and their carers to socialise with others in similar situations and receive vital support. We are committed to working with bodies like the Hornsey Housing Trust, to improve the lives of people living with dementia in Haringey.’
Alzheimer’s Society in North London runs a number of other dementia support services including Singing for the Brain, Dementia Advisers and Dementia Support Workers. To find out more call, 020 8347 2214 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation