The Cathedral is exploring different aspects of dementia - set to be the 21st century’s biggest challenge according to Alzheimer’s Society - as part of its year-long Memory and Identity themed events and activities.
On Wednesday 10 May, there will be a screening of the film Ashes (cert 15 and over) in which actor Paul Sturgess plays Jamie Barron, the son of a one-time hard man now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, played by Ray Winstone. Jamie springs his dad, Frank, from his care home and the unlikely duo take to the road. A funny, tragic and, at times, violent film about living with dementia.
Ashes is being shown in the Cathedral Refectory, followed by a panel discussion led by Canon Dr Robert Titley. Doors open at 18:30. Tickets are £9 (including a soft drink and tapas nibbles). All seats unreserved.
On 16 May at 17:30 a special Evensong entitled The Celebration of Age precedes a special panel discussion, Dementia: Past, Present and Future, in the North Transept at 19:00. Taking part is writer Keggie Carew, winner of the Costa Book Award for Biography and author of Dadland, the story of her extraordinary, enigmatic father and his Alzheimer’s. Keggie is joined on the panel by Dr Lesley Collier, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy at Southampton University and Dr Claudia Cooper, Reader in Old Age Psychiatry UCL.
Dementia: Past, Present and Future is a free event, deliberately scheduled to take place in Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May). This is a special week during which Alzheimer’s Society is asking people to come together to unite against dementia, forgetting their differences to help urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding.
A joyous contribution to Dementia Awareness Week takes the form of a sing-along for those with dementia, their family or carers, or anyone who enjoys music. Come and Sing is hosted by members of local Singing for the Brain groups on Thursday, 18 May at 14:00 in the Spire Crossing. All are welcome to this free showcase.
On Monday 19 and Thursday 22 May between 10:00 and 12:00 (midday) there are simple hands-on art workshops open to all living with dementia and their carers. The My Favourite Bloom workshops are drop-in sessions in which those taking part are encouraged to talk about and create their favourite flowers. The workshops are free.
On Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow is in the Close from 10:00 until 16:00. Offering free information and advice. The Roadshow vehicle is easy to spot. No appointment is needed, just drop in.
Finally Refectory staff, who along with many other staff in the Cathedral have become Dementia Friends, are taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day on Thursday, 15 June. All proceeds from cakes sold on the day go to this very deserving charity...pop in and eat up!
For any enquiries regarding Dementia Awareness Week please contact:
Jenna Hopkinson Alzheimer’s Society Media Officer, South West 01249 444408 or 07483 138048 firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other enquiries or further information contact:
Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral 01722 555148 email@example.com