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World Alzheimer's Day

'Everton's dementia sessions give us a lot of fun'

21 Sep 2021
Everton Pass on the Memories v2

Find out how the Pass on the Memories programme is providing vital support and connections to the local community

To mark World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September, we are highlighting how Premier League clubs reach out and engage with people living with dementia and carers in their local communities.

Everton

Everton in the Community's Pass on the Memories programme has been running since 2013.

The weekly sessions at the Blue Base venue use interventions such as sporting reminiscence workshops, visits to places of interest, sessions on dancing and singing as well as arts and crafts to keep brain activity at a high level.

"Coming out and chatting to people outside of the family takes us out of our comfort zones but it's a lot of fun and that's why we look forward to it," says Sheila Connor, who attends the sessions with husband Pat.

"The sessions are an absolute life saver. We have entertainment and most importantly, it gets us out of the house and we meet with other people and have different conversations."

Pass on the Memories have resumed in-person sessions after an 18-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During that time, familiar faces have sadly passed away but the programme has been there to provide much-needed comfort.

Pat Dunne is a programme participant who attended with her late-husband Eric.

"When Eric died they were there," she says. "They sent a big bouquet of flowers. It made me feel good to know that even though we hadn't seen each other for such a long time, they were still thinking about me. It meant a lot, it really did."

See: How EitC will cherish memories on World Alzheimer's Day

Also in this series

Part 1: Golden Memories keeping Watford fans in touch
Part 3: How clubs support those with dementia

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