ON STAGE: Lutheran Services creative advisors Natalija Pearn and Clare Apelt bring The Red Dress to life.
ON STAGE: Lutheran Services creative advisors Natalija Pearn and Clare Apelt bring The Red Dress to life. Kathy Dumbleton

Reminisce program a success

ONE OF the activities connected with the Dementia Unravelled community project launched in March was the Reminisce program which involved a special performance of the show, The Red Dress, at Wahroonga Aged Care facility on Saturday.

Project co-ordinator Judy Mazzer said the show was designed to trigger memories in dementia patients.

"It's about them sharing their stories. Drawing on their memories and capturing their stories of key times in their lives,” Mrs Mazzer said.

Over the course of 11 sessions, local people living with dementia, along with their family and friends, explored and shared memories and got to know about one another's lives, their past and present.

Participants came together with project artist Steve Mayer-Miller

and Lutheran Services creative programs advisors Clare Apelt and Natalija Pearn three days a week over four weeks to put together the stage performance.

Mr Mayer-Miller put the script and storyline together with help from Ms Apelt and Ms Pearn through photos, drawings, recipes, memorability and other items contributed by everyone in the group.

"We were delighted with how well it went off and how well it was received by the people who attended,” Mrs Mazzer said.

Dementia Unravelled aims to make Biloela a dementia friendly community, de-stigmatise the condition and improve support services through education, play and support.

As part of the wider project, an Action Alliance Group will be established. This group will be made up of people in the community who are interested in helping to make their community more dementia friendly.

For more information regarding the monthly meetings contact Judy Mazzer on 0439549241.


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