It’s my first time taking part in the We are the World Blogfest. Sometimes all the bad news in the media can get us down, but the WATWB aims to raise our spirits by introducing us to positive, heartwarming news stories from all over the world. Luckily there are still plenty of good things going on in the world to restore our faith in humanity.
“We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.
The news stories I’ve chosen to share this month are both related to dementia and are from the UK. Dementia is a heart-breaking condition that has now overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in Wales and England. Thankfully there are many projects springing up lately that aim to support dementia patients and their families through this difficult illness.
A restaurant owner in Norwich called Hannah Springham has introduced a dementia-friendly lunch service.
“We don’t do anything too different on these dementia services, but we’re aware of what those people might be going through. So, all of our staff are dementia friends. We make sure the music is slightly lower than normal and probably we’re playing music from a slightly older era. We also have photos on the menu and that’s to ease decision-making.”
Watch the video about her thoughtful idea here.
Dementia patients at a day-care centre in Colwyn Bay spent three days playing, making cakes, singing and exercising with toddlers to test the potential for restoring memory.
Three year old Arianwen was among the children from a local nursery who took part in the experiment. Her grandfather had dementia, and her mother, Lowri, said the impact of children on dementia patients was “indisputable”.
“It is really profound. People who are living with dementia are going to get so much out of this.”
Read more about this interesting project here.
Before you go…
Do you have any positive news you would like to share?