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The Alice Cross Centre works to promote physical, social and mental wellbeing in older residents of Teignmouth & district by providing a venue for therapies, exercise, recreation and socialising. It offers a range of activities, including many forms of keep fit & dancing, table tennis, art, craft & photography classes, & music & drama performances. Exercise & dance classes improve strength & balance helping prevent trips & falls which can lead to premature immobility & potentially early death. Loneliness is detrimental to physical & mental well-being & people with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Loneliness & social isolation are linked to around a 30% increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease. We help to combat this.
Sufferers of memory loss and their families tend to isolate themselves & hide their “embarrassing secret” from the world for as long as possible. Memory Cafés are often the only support provided to them. Cognitive stimulation can teach them coping mechanisms & increase their confidence to continue to participate in the community for longer. The community gains understanding of the problem.