Meet the Lunch Bunch, Alzheimer’s support.

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Recently I went to play Bingo. Yes, that’s right, Bingo,  I had been invited by Doris to meet the Lunch Bunch Alzheimer’s support & social group she runs, and it was great fun.

The Lunch Bunch are a friends meeting group, run and organised by the dedication and experience of carers and former carers within the group in Cheshire. With support from the  Council and great fund raising by the group they provide many ventures outside of their usual meeting place too.

When I met Doris the organiser I instantly saw what a lovely caring woman she is, listening to her talk with enthusiasm and passion about The Lunch Bunch and providing support for those affected by Alzheimer’s was inspiring.

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them – including their carers, friends and family – need to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.

There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK

Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.

Doris who set up the group said, “We’ve all been through things that Alzheimer’s can cause. It is really hard to understand if you have not experienced it.” Doris spoke of the isolation a carer may feel as they are unable to leave their loved one alone and often it is too difficult to go out together. The group was set up to support carer & cared for and to provide a social space for all to enjoy together.

The group is very friendly and sociable. Getting out and about together is one of their main aims during the spring and summer months, something many carers could not do alone. It is the unique spirit of the Lunch Bunch that has enabled them to develop and flourish. There is no pressure to join in as the enjoyment can be felt just by being there.

Recent activities have included: Sing-a-long of old songs, light exercise and Zumba, trips to Boundary Mill, Bowling and The Chocolate House. The group have also taken part in pottery with Paul at Norton Priory.

If you’re a carer of a loved one suffering from Dementia and are looking for support please contact  Alzheimer’s.org.uk and they will provide information on groups in your area.

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens announced £5m extra funding for GPs to increase identification of people with dementia.

Sir Jackie Stewart has just launched a new charity Race against dementia to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research.

12 Comments

  1. May 20, 2015 / 17:45

    I think its wonderful that groups like this exist and are run by such lovely people. It must be so hard to watch a loved one suffer. The people who take the time to run the group are definitely unsung heroes xx

    • May 20, 2015 / 21:23

      These groups run on donations and small subs, they depend on their volunteers, yes they are unsung heroes. x

  2. May 20, 2015 / 10:53

    Aren’t groups like this amazing. I always think the people that run them are absolute heroes, such good, kind people. It must be such a scary disease and none of us know if we’ll get it. I know I’d be signing up for one of these groups if I or a member of my family suffered with the disease. Great to put a spotlight on these wonderful people. xx

    • May 20, 2015 / 13:08

      It is an absolutely fab group, and they laugh all the time x

  3. May 20, 2015 / 10:18

    Great post. I have limited experience with this however i have met quiet a few people whose partners suffer from alzheimers. Its unbelievable how hard it can effect everyone.

    • May 20, 2015 / 13:09

      It is so hard on families, the support from this group is amazing for carer and cared for x

  4. July 7, 2014 / 19:01

    hello! Great post! I’ve had limited experience with Alzheimers , my Grandad had it but I was only a child. I remember the effect it had on my family rather than how it effected him though. It was very upsetting to see my Nanna cry when he no longer recognized her. Mel x

    • July 7, 2014 / 21:32

      Hi Mel, It really is so sad for everyone else to see. x

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    July 6, 2014 / 16:48

    Sad to hear you’ve been through this,I’m sure it would have helped. It was such a happy group they really are there for each other. xx

  6. July 5, 2014 / 18:10

    This is such a lovely idea. It must be so hard watching a loved one decline in this way and it really is heartening to know there are people who care enough to do this. x x

  7. July 5, 2014 / 09:03

    What a lovely idea – it must be very comforting to socialise with other people who understand what you’re going through

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