A local group or club is a great way of socialising and meeting new people.
Join a group or club
A local group or club is a great way to socialize and meet new people. There aregroups and clubs for different interests (various hobbies, technology, sports), volunteer groups,andgroups representing specific cultures.
Some people with dementia describe an improved outlook on life after interacting with others with dementia. Before meeting other people with dementia, some had misconceptions about the capabilities of their peers, given that they might have had dementia for years. They were also unsure about how they would feel interacting with others with dementia.
Many valued the support they received from peer support groups. They describe them as a safe space to be themselves, where they developed real friendships. Peer support groups are a reciprocal space – an opportunity to support others as well as receive support.
Peer support is not for everyone, but if you’re interested, contact Dementia Alliance International for online groups or your local Alzheimer’s Society for support groups.