Annual Get-together

Tuesday 12th July truly was a great celebration of MAECare in the last 12 months

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Over 100 people gathered at Alwoodley Park Methodist Church to hear from MAECare service users about their experiences. Mollie told us about being a pen pal to an 8 year old girl from Alwoodley Primary School. She as enjoyed getting to know her pen pal and as she said “seeing the world through the eyes of a small child is a great boost to an older person, we can so easily lose the sense of wonder a small child has.”

Enid told us, how after an illness which meant she had to have a leg amputated, followed by the death of her husband she felt very alone. Her daughters found out about MAEcare through this website and she first attending knitting. She then attended story telling, and has come to the Film afternoons. She has made new friends and thoroughly enjoys coming and managing to maintain her independence

Elliot was our most moving speaker. He told us about his diagnosis of dementia in December 2015, it left him and as family devastated, and finding it very hard to cope emotionally. A referral from the Alzheimer’s society led him to MAECare and it has changed his life. He attends lots of activities like the Men’s group, games afternoons and exercise classes. He has made new friends but most significantly MAECare has helped him to deal with the emotions he was experiencing in connection with his dementia, he is calmer and able to talk about it to his family. He also feels it has sharpened his brain. He doesn’t forget words as much and feels much better himself- his family also have noticed a big difference.

Creative Writing Group reading
Following sharing by these three members two of our Creative Writing group read from their new booklet

The D'Ukes
We were then entertained by the D’UKES a lively Ukulele duo and the Harmony Community Choir, made up of members from all part of the community including those newly arrived to the UK, they sang some moving choruses in four part harmony and even got us joining in.
Harmony

All this was followed by lunch in the church hall – street party style. The hall was packed to the rafters. The event ended with service users chatting about where they would like to go on Outings next year.

“The best ever Annual celebration” one of the participants said.
Street party style lunch