Members, Carers and Befrienders
Befrienders are often the first person a member will speak to about being worried about their memory. Talking to family or a GP is often, put simply, too scary. The fear of being shrugged off or even being judged is a powerful deterent.
For members who are Carers, having a befriender on the phone who provides a listening ear, someone to share worries with or vent anxieties to can be invaluable:
"Sometimes I have a bad time with my husband, his dementia, and just being able to talk about it relieves some of the pressure. I can end up laughing about it and that means I can do it all again tomorrow.
Client, 83 years
By joining the Good Morning Community members extend their social network. The importance of maintaining social networks as we get older is recognised not least as a key factor in life satisfaction and happiness but, as a potential factor in reducing the risk of developing dementia in later life.
Our motto: "5 conversations a day are as important to your health as 5 fruit and veg!"