Jenny Chapman talks to the members of Redbridge Rotary Club on 23rd May 2017

Here is a rather unpleasant fact one person is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes. Dementia is more common now in particular because people are living longer, they also have a less healthy diet and lifestyle than past generations, where most people did physical labour until the day they died.

Research shows that people who regularly engage in social interaction maintain their brain vitality, but the combination of physical and mental activity with social engagements is more effective than any of these factors alone. Other research shows that sports, cultural activities with emotional support and close personal relationships appear to have a protective effect against dernentia. Jenny Chapman came along to talk to the members of Redbridge Rotary Club on 23rd May and to tell us about Bless Support which she launched in 2016. This is very personal service, for groups of 3 to 9 people, who are encouraged to take part in various leisure activities such as baking, painting, arts and crafts and some gentle sports, aimed to stimulate and encourage socialisation as well as giving respite to carers.  Jenny's professional training and years of experience enables her to offer advice and support to dementia sufferers who may feel lonely, depressed and anxious.