A memory jog to quarry

Picnic in the quarry park with vintage cars for transport brought back some old memories for Alzheimers’ early onset sufferers recently.

Bevan Bray and Euan Clark take a backseat as Jock Hoven drives off to the picnic in his 1929 Studebaker.

The early memory loss group has an outing every second week. The first Friday they talk about managing their situation and every second Friday they go out and do something
Mary Lock, the early memory loss group co-ordinator, arranged for vintage car club drivers John Payne, Kevin Smith, Jack Hoven, Tom Wood and Joe Scott to transport the early memory loss group out to Te Puna Quarry Park, where a good time was had by all.
“It’s good for their carers also to have the time out,” says Mary.
Tauranga Alzheimers Society manager Jane Moore says having access to support in the early stages makes it better for both people with Alzheimers and their families, as the condition progresses.
“We are trying to get more people to come in to us in the early stages,” Jane says.
“Don’t just sit there and talk about it. Early diagnoses and support makes it better for all concerned.
“It comes back to making life better for all the people affected by dementia. In their early stages they know something isn’t quite right.”


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