Ken attends the Southway Library Memory Café which meets every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon.
"I’ve been coming to the Memory Café for about 12 months now. When I lost my wife I just got lower and lower. It was a really difficult time for me. I wasn’t myself, if someone even mentioned my wife’s name I just cried. We had been happily married for 60 years it was such a shock. I got to the point where I just didn’t want to eat and I know I was going down the wrong road.
My son and his wife had been up to the library and found out about the Memory Café that ran here. At the start I didn’t want to come but it was my son who persuaded me to give it ago. It was a while before I got to know everyone here. Rose from the library and Roger who volunteers are both great.
Now I look forward to coming. It gets me out of the house. It’s a laugh and we always have fun together. I class them all as friends they’re good as gold to me. I only live down the road but I can’t walk far any more. It’s sometimes a bit difficult for me to get home so Roger takes me home every week.
I get forgetful sometimes; I forget people’s names or call people by the wrong name. It annoys me the forgetfulness and calling people the wrong name, I don’t like that. But coming here it makes me feel that we are the same. That’s great and they are all my friends. Coming here means everything to me."
Library Memory Cafés
Our regular Memory Cafés provide a safe and welcome space for people to visit, share experiences, get support and find information.
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