Touching lives with kits

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Carol Thomas, Debra Wych, Linda Taylor and Rosalind Sawyer
Camera IconCarol Thomas, Debra Wych, Linda Taylor and Rosalind Sawyer

The importance of the sense of touch and smell for those living with dementia has inspired a local innovation.

The Albany Soroptimists will launch their sensory kits — unique multi-sensory tool kits for older people living with dementia — in partnership with Hawthorn House and City of Albany.

Soroptimist president Jan Leamon said women in the group had knowledge and skills to share with community.

“This arts project came about from one of our members, Rosalind Sawyer, who saw an opportunity to use her expertise to help Albany’s local community, and partnerships with others have come to fruition this year.”

The sensory kits include a local DVD and items from the farm and sea, including shells and wool that aim to enhance the memories of coastal living.

“We hope to use our product to increase awareness to improve the lives for people living with a dementia,” Ms Leamon said.

The group will launch the sensory kits as part of Dying to Know Week on August 13 at a morning tea at Hawthorn House.

The kits will be available from the Albany Library, Hawthorn House, Albany Hospice, and Soroptimist International Albany.

Hawthorn House co-ordinator Debra Wych said it was a privilege to be involved in the project.

“We have involved our club members with the DVDs and have been receiving positive feedback, evoking a lot of reminiscence with in the groups.

“It will be a great resource for us at Hawthorn House and we highly recommend it to others.”

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