Tuesday, 19 December 2017
A grandmother-of-seven who struggles with vascular dementia has 'got her spark back' by volunteering once a week at a nursery school.
Joyce Stackhouse has problems remembering what she has done or people she sees on a day-to-day basis, and can easily become confused or anxious.
But now the 85-year-old lights up during her weekly two-hour visits to Highdale Day Nursery in Clevedon, Somerset. Not only does Joyce love playing with the children, but it has lead to great improvements with her mobility and her mental capacity as well as having reduced her anxieties.
Medical studies have shown that keeping elderly sociable by encouraging them to take part in community based group activity can keep prevent cognitive decline.