New 'Magic Table' is a hit

Kingfisher Buddies client Archie Slater, is having fun with Community Pathfinder Sandra Graham as they both swipe away clouds to reveal an image of London's Leicester Square.

“Our new motion-activated projection system was used for the first time at our Dementia Action Week event at Rounds Green Library in May,” explains Sandra.

“Many people living with dementia experience a loss of motivation, interest, or become withdrawn, which has an effect on their overall well-being. Being inactive not only leads to stiffness in muscles but can result in boredom and depression too.

“This new system is fun to use and is enabling our clients to stretch, compete, think and be challenged, as well as socialise and enjoy meaningful activities together.

“With the person we are working with in mind, appropriate levels of activity can be selected and we’re already seeing moments of happiness being created for people living with dementia and their loved ones.”

Archie and his wife Carol attend the weekly Kingfisher Buddies groups at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury and Elizabeth Prout Gardens in Blackheath. Sandra chose a meaningful image specific to Archie, to provide a reminiscence session, as his sister and son both live in London and he visits often.

Kingfisher Buddies is a service provided by Agewell in partnership with Dementia Pathfinders. The 3-year project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

If you’d like to find out how we can support people in Sandwell living with dementia, please give us a call on 0121 796 9333 or click here to email us.