Ageing Gracefully – A Partnership Between SACMHA and Cultural Appropriate Resources.

SACMHA and Cultural Appropriate Resources Presents

Sheffield's Memory Hub

A weekly memory and dementia support and activity group.

Fun, support and advice, brain health, trips, ‘Back Inna Di Day’ storytelling, music, art, respite and great food.

Held every Monday, 11 am – 1.30 pm at our SACMHA Campus.

The Memory Hub Team

The Challenges

Care Partner Support

Our Drivers

– Increase timely accurate dementia diagnosis.

– Reducing stigma by increasing awareness.

– Distinguishing differences between traditional Caribbean notion of ‘forgetfulness’ and the actual realities of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

– Signposting to appropriate support, guidance and advice.

– Providing families with accessible culturally responsive resources that they can engage with alongside their loved ones.

– Empowering care workers with culturally appropriate tools.

– Ensuring Care Homes are more adaptable and culturally accommodating.

–  Development of non-pharmacological interventions.


Reminiscence Therapy

We use ‘Reminiscence’ as a resource enabling members in sharing their life experiences, memories and stories from the past. 

Typically, a person with dementia is more able to recall things from many years ago than recent memories, so reminiscence draws on this strength.

Art Therapy

Making art together helps members stay connected with the world around them.

– Creates an outlet for self-expression and communication.
– Helps to create new memories.
– Restores “choice, control, and confidence”.
– Reduce anxiety and agitation.
– Caregivers find respite and a fresh perspective through art activities.
– Helps manage the complex emotions that come with memory loss.

Cognitive Therapy

New research shows that engaging games and puzzles may reduce dementia risk in older adults.


Those who engaged in activities that exercised their brain were 9% to 11% less likely to develop dementia than their peers.

Singing for the Brain

Music and memory have a powerful connector helping improve brain activity and wellbeing. 


Music and singing are used to light up emotional memories.


‘First Mondays’ are characterised by Ron & Marlene bringing their guitar, song sheets and leading the group in singing a wide variety of familiar Caribbean folk and spiritual songs. 

Physical Exercise

‘What’s good for the heart is good for the brain’.


Research is still evolving, but evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes, including participating in regular physical activity, staying socially engaged, and maintaining good heart health.


– Chair Aerobics

– Chair Tennis

The Importance of Research

It’s common knowledge that Alois Alzheimer gave his name to Alzheimer’s disease.

But few people know about the African scientist who worked alongside him.

Dr Solomon Carter Fuller 

(1872 -1953)


If Dr Solomon Carter Fuller was still with us, may he be asking the type of questions that many of us are frequently asking.

– What are local Authorities, major health care services and charities doing to address such disparities & to provide appropriate support?

– In what ways can you all do more?

– In what ways are service providers utilising the consistent research findings to adapt services, ensuring that they are increasingly accommodating, accessible, and appropriate, for the needs of these communities?

The Importance of Research

‘Putting Me into Memory Services’ - Dementia & Ethnicity:

Exploring Cultural Understandings, Access to Diagnosis and Uptake of Services through Photovoice and Co-production’.


-Dr Josephine Reynolds, University of Sheffield.

-Lungani Sibanda

Carl Case

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