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Monday, 20 October 2014

Memories bridging the generation gap

HISTORY pupils from Langholm Academy attended Muckle Toon Memories in the day centre to listen to and interact with older people as they shared their memories of working in the textile industry.

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Above: Pupils and pensioners at the Muckle Toon memories group

Liz Forsyth, community health development worker, was delighted to welcome the young people to the group and pleased to see how much everyone enjoyed their visit.

Numbers attending the Muckle Toon memories group have been falling lately and she’s looking for help to revive it and for other professionals and frontline workers to inform/signpost older people.

Liz said: “The last meeting of the group was great and it was lovely to see younger and older people mixing so well. Inter-generational working is so important in improving communication and building relationships. Both groups got a lot out of it and I hope we can do it again soon.

“Memory groups are said to improve older people’s general health and well-being, reduce isolation and give carers and service users the chance to participate in a social activity in a welcoming environment.

“I feel it’s very important that we continue with this group in some shape or form.

“I want to appeal to people who could attend this group to help us make sure it’s on the right day at the right time and in the right place.

“If anyone has any suggestions for a change of venue or time or if you have a topic you would like to see discussed, please get in touch and let us know.”

To contact Liz with any suggestions for the Muckle Toon memories group phone 01461 204741 or email elizabethfosyth@nhs.net.

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