A lot of us have those moments in life where we think, what am I doing? Am I really happy? That was exactly the case for Ruth Bartles, as she decided she no longer wanted to pursue her career as a secondary school teacher and instead start up her own dementia café.
She explained that last year she had a limited knowledge of what dementia was, but through researching into the biology, psychology and sociology of the disease she found out there are ways of reducing the risks of getting dementia. Through developing a strong passion for learning more about dementia, Ruth decide to follow the wise words of her favourite saying ‘she believed she could, so she did’. By doing this she decided to quite her job of 18 years in higher education and open her dementia café in Sheffield.
The name of her café will be called ‘Remember When…’ and will serve fresh and healthy food. However the unique twist this café will have is it will offer information and support for any family’s who are living with dementia, helping raise awareness and evoke new research.
The café will also have a memory wall full of photos and messages from family and friends as well as photographs from Sheffield’s past. This will help ‘trigger memories and provide focal points for conversation, encouraging both people living with dementia and families/friends to make new connections in the community’ http://forgetoday.com/press/a-new-approach-to-dementia/
Although Ruth says the journey has been tough its clear it will be well worth it as what she is doing is truly amazing and will have a huge impact upon those in Sheffield living with dementia.
Maybe this has inspired you to do something similar? How great would it be in years to come, if every county had a café like this, where people can go to for advice, support and just a lovely time.
If you feel like you want to help out, you can donate to the café as well as receiving rewards depending on how much you donate. To find out more visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/remember-when-dementia-cafe
Remember, she believed she could, so she did.