Moorside Place opened its doors to the community for Dementia Action Week, to discuss attachment therapy and sensory stimulation.

The informal event facilitated by OSJCT Admiral Nurse, Angie Williams, and Dementia Advisor from Dementia Oxfordshire, Nicola Luxton, was open to people living in Moorside Place and from the local community, including family carers and people living with dementia. These were people who regularly attend the Memory Support Café, which runs on the first Tuesday of every month in Moorside Place. The Memory Café is open to anyone who is affected by dementia.

The star attraction was Paro, the robotic seal, designed to have a calming effect and stimulate individuals living with dementia, as well as ‘baby Mary’, a doll which was passed around for residents to have a cuddle with.

Nicola created a ‘what’s in the bag’ exercise for sensory stimulation. These were 12 small heart shaped bags, each containing something different. People had to identify the contents by touch and smell, which then lead to reminiscence conversation.