Category Archives: dementia

Widowed grandmother, 93, is comforted after death of her husband of 70 years

When care home staff give her a cushion made from his favourite shirt

  • Joyce Beckett was distressed in the evenings after death of husband, John
  • Staff at care home noticed she liked to be with someone to hold their hand
  • Carer Chris Rayatt-Howard made her the special memory cushion
  • Mrs Beckett wept with happiness when she received the gift 

A recently widowed grandmother wept with happiness after retirement home staff gave her a cushion made out of her late husband’s favourite shirt.

Joyce Beckett, 93, became distressed in the evenings after her husband of 70 years, John, died aged 91 on February 11.

Dementia awareness boost planned for over-40s

People over 40 in England are to be given more information about dementia to help improve early diagnosis of the condition, the health secretary said.

During their free NHS health check, patients will be told when they should report memory problems to their GP.

Jeremy Hunt said the government’s aim was for the UK to be the world’s most “dementia-friendly” country by 2020.

It comes after Alzheimer’s Research UK warned the condition posed a “looming national health crisis”.

Norwich singing group for people living with dementia is boosted by Sport Relief

Come Singing, at The Costessey Centre, who got £400 from Comic Relief last year to buy song books, hand bells and a keyboard for members. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

They are united by a love for music.

Many friendships have been formed at the Come Singing group, and participants have performed in flash mobs across Norwich.

And members of the singing group, for people living with dementia, look forward to their meetings.

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