Sharpy Helps EITC Dementia Programme
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Everton in the Community and Mersey Care NHS Trust have launched a new programme to support people with dementia.  

EITC and Mersey Care have developed a unique initiative, known as 'Pass on the Memories', for patients with memory loss.

The weekly scheme, which was officially launched by Everton legend Graeme Sharp at Goodison Park this week, uses a range of interventions, including sporting reminiscence workshops, custom-made life story memory books and calendars, day trips to local places of interest and social activities, to help people to share important memories and create new ones.

One particular tool used in the sessions is an audio CD containing interviews and stories from past Everton players, including Dixie Dean and Graeme Sharp, who was on hand at the to see the programme in action and help make some new memories for the participants.

Sharpy said: "It's fantastic to see Everton using its history to help people in the present."

"Unfortunately, my mother suffered from dementia during the last couple of years of her life and I realised how difficult it is for people who have it and their families. It's important that the football club and people in general, realise what dementia's all about."

"But when you've had it first hand and been involved with family or friends who've suffered from the disease, you realise how bad it is. If we can help in any way then that's what we want to do. Everton Football Club holds a lot of memories for people, if we can bring people along here and help them in any way we can, and then we're more than happy to do that."

Earlier this week Everton in the Community and Mersey Care supported the launch of Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council's Year of Dementia Awareness campaign, which was attended by Prince Charles.

Well done to EITC and Sharpy.

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Comments about Sharpy Helps EITC Dementia Programme
Brilliant, Sharpy, and well done to Bainsey, for going back to school!! Beats me why all professional footy players don't do this. Kids, whether Blues or Reds, would love a big-name player to visit their school, and the training sessions could inspire either girls or lads, to something greater in their later lives!
Joe Dids, Bury, Lancs, 10:20 PM 25/01/2013
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