My name is Teresa. I attend a centre in Shotton, Flintshire called the Old Brewery. It is my life saver. I was diagnosed three years ago with young onset Alzheimer’s disease. I now attend the centre two days a week.
The Old Brewery is a day centre for people with young onset dementia and is open four days a week from 9am to 4.30pm. At the centre there are a number of people who attend both men and women, we are between 50 and 70 years old and are all at different stages of dementia.
At the centre, we are able to keep using our skills and doing our hobbies such as gardening, art and crafts, cooking etc. We have lunch together and choose what we are going to have. We go shopping with a carer for the ingredients and then, with support, we make lunch.
We use a minibus and have outings a couple of times a month, visiting places of interest that we want to visit. There are also quizzes, karaoke, dancing or people can just sit quietly if they prefer. It is very much led by us, the club members.
I also get all of my support here. The photo above is of me with the senior carer, Ian Woolley outside the centre, He will try and solve any problems we encounter. My family also feel they have the support of The Old Brewery. They are welcome to call in or ring for any advice or support and we have a bi-monthly coffee morning at the Old Brewery that is open to everyone.
We also have a Dine with SYD (Service for Younger Dementia) which is meal out in the evening at local pubs, this is also bi-monthly. This is open to club members, their families and friends. Organisation that may offer help are also invited such as the Alzheimer’s Society.
I know that without the Old Brewery my life would be much bleaker.
To find out more about the Old Brewery, please email Ian Woolley.or telelphone 01244 845420. The Old Brewery has been running since November 2008. They are hosting a Christmas open morning on 15 December, for more information, please click here.