Last month it was my pleasure to be guest speaker at the Cambridge United Community Trust Monthly Dementia Sports Café. The sports café takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 2pm-3.30pm at The Abbey Stadium. If you know someone who might benefit from coming to the café please make sure you tell them. They are free to attend and takes place in one of the hospitality rooms at the club. The sessions will include activities, looking at sports images and memorabilia to aid recall and memory, while chatting over tea/coffee and biscuits. It also provides the carer an opportunity to meet with others. To book, please email email@example.com or call 01223 632129 for more information
When I came away from the cafe it made me realise how little we may know about the people we stand next to on the terraces or sit by in the stands. We see people every game and recognise them however we rarely get to know them very well. An ingredient of the match day experience is about terrace banter and social interaction. There are cases when sometimes without intention it can go too far and may cause someone upset. Please before making a comment that is meant as humour consider if the person you are sitting next to has dementia. It could one day have a real baring on your life with someone close to or even yourself being affected. The person with dementia may not remember what you have said but the family member or friend with them will do so for a long time. I am sure no one would want that on their conscience.