Keith uses our dementia support services. He attends our Conversation Cafe, lunch and activities groups, which are run by Aylsham & district Care Trust (ACT) using the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). These are just a few of the caring services offered by ACT for those living with Dementia or cognitive impairment.
Keith and Rosey met while they were both working at Norwich Union, now Aviva. With two children, each from previous marriages they have both enjoyed active lives. Keith took part in national cross country running championships and was a keen amateur footballer and cricketer, proud to become a physiotherapy assistant for Norwich City FC between 1992 and 2008.
Keith was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2002 and in 2009 the couple moved to Aylsham from Norwich, Rosey took early retirement six years ago to look after Keith. 'Keith has been a wonderful husband and step-father' says Rosey 'he has always been a very kind and popular person' .The twinkle in his eye and his zest for life is clear for all to see as he shares his life experiences with the group.
'Keith has been in a wheelchair for five years now', says Rosey 'attending sessions at the ACT Centre means that I get the chance to meet with friends and run errands without worrying about leaving him. I get time to myself to recharge my batteries'.
Keith now also attends our day care service at Green Lane View in Aylsham on a Wednesday and the couple are regular users of our community centre; ' We are both very sociable and the additional services that ACT offers means that we still have a social life, together and apart. Keith enjoys the company of others and the activities such as bowls, table tennis and even a bit of gardening'.
Both Keith and Rosey are very conscious that both his memory and ability to process thoughts with actions are now becoming impaired. Whilst he does not yet have a diagnosis of Dementia, Keith is able to self refer to ACT. 'The CST approach helps me to focus on what I can do for myself & how I can maintain as much independence as possible'. says Keith.
Our CST and Dementia support services are run by qualified staff and trained volunteers who are proud to be caring for others in our community. CST is for people with mild to moderate dementia and was developed at University College London by a team of psychological researchers. It is shown in research to have a positive impact on people's levels of communication, cognition and quality of life.