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A drop-in event for Dementia Action Week 2019
May 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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May 22, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Hands in white gloves handling a small leather shoe from the MERL object collection

This drop-in awareness event is part of The MERL and Reading Museum’s Cultural Commissioning partnership delivering ‘ageing well’ programmes. As part of Dementia Action Week 2019The Reading Dementia Action Alliance (of which The MERL is a member) is coordinating the event to raise awareness of dementia and increase knowledge of services and support available in our town. Alongside heritage and culture, we will be showcasing singing groups and physical activities and other services on offer to help people to live well with their dementia and support for their carers, families and loved ones.

The event is open to anyone wishing to learn more about dementia, professionals and individuals living with dementia and their carers.


Throughout the day

Quiet Zone with dementia friendly helpers · Companion tour of The MERL (30 mins) · Reminiscence sessions (book on the day) · Gardening sessions with The MERL · Reading Voluntary Action Information hub

Scheduled activities

10:00 Mayor Deborah Edwards opens the event

10:15 YPWD Choir

10:45 Fun Exercise Class

11:15 Reminiscence sessions

11:15 Dementia Friends session

12:15 Alzheimer’s Society Side by Side service/ life stories

12:45 Bring your own – Picnic in the garden

13:15 Reminiscence sessions

13:15 Dementia Friends Session

2:20 to 3:00 Dance for Health – MERL

3:00pm financial planning and capacity assessments, in support of Lasting Power of Attorney applications – Banyan Care

4:00pm Close

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Full details of facilities and resources for visitors with special access needs, are available on our Accessibility page To discuss any additional access requirements email merlevents@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8660

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