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A trip to Memory Lane

8 March 2013

Bury FC Community Trust recently launched its new health initiative, Memory Lane, which is aimed at providing a range of opportunities for men who are worried about dementia or who are suffering from early onset dementia.

The launch, which took place on Thursday 21st February was attended by a number of officials, including the Lord Mayor of Bury, Councillor Joan Grimshaw, the Leader of Bury Council, Councillor Mike Connolly and Councillor Rishi Shori, Bury Council's health lead, as well as community representatives and the Bury FC manager, Kevin Blackwell and first team players, Shane Byrne and Adam Lockwood.

The event was also attended by Dean Grice from The Football League Trust and Dennis Leman from the PFA.

Memory Lane will take place every week at Bury's Social Club, in partnership with Bury's Dementia Cafes and the Bury Primary Care Trust, with the aim of providing opportunities for males alongside their carers to meet new friends and socialise whilst taking part in a number of different activities.

These might include Wii sports, scrapbook making, painting, games and puzzles and a chance to relive memories of Bury from days gone by. All of these activities have been shown to be beneficial to dementia sufferers and to help them spark a memory and to engage in conversations with their carers and families.

There will also be a number of outside speakers at each session to help provide information to participants to help with independent living, such as information about fire safety and the importance of healthy eating.

A number of day trips will also be organised for the people attending Memory Lane, including a visit to the new National Football Museum in Manchester and trips out to the local parks.

Dementia is becoming a major problem in the UK, with an increasing number of sufferers not receiving the diagnosis they need in order to access suitable healthcare provision.

Nationally, it is estimated that only around 40% of people with dementia receive a diagnosis at an early stage, and this problem is worse amongst the male population as generally men are much less likely to seek medical attention when they have health concerns.

Speaking at the event, Mike Connolly, the Leader of Bury Council spoke about how dementia had had a devastating effect on his own family, as his brother suffers from Alzheimer's Disease but it had taken their family far too long to get a diagnosis and to receive any treatment.

Councillor Connolly said: "Sadly, it is now too late for my brother to get any help, but it is not too late for many other people out there, and we need to do everything we can to make sure that families and carers get all the help that they need to support people with dementia.

"Initiatives such as these are particularly welcome and I wish something like this had been available to our family".

Please visit for more information about Memory Lane and for the health projects undertaken by Bury's Community Trust

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