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Varied activities programme at Rose Lodge

As reported by Exmouth Journal 21 October 2010

Rose Lodge, East Devon’s specialist dementia care home, have a varied activities programme that helps residents stay connected to the wider community. The appreciation of beauty is an important strand of the programme, as research has shown that this ability stays with people as their dementia progresses. Next week, Rose Lodge is exhibiting a series of compelling portraits by artist Anamaria Marzec-Smith, who spent a week at Rose Lodge as ‘artist in residence’, getting to know the residents, sketching, and participating in daily life. She has now worked up her sketches into a series of compelling portraits, beautifully capturing their personalities. Rose Lodge will be exhibiting these portraits in their quiet Lounge, on October 26 and 27, from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be an opportunity to talk with Ana about ther work at Rose Lodge, and of course to join the residents and staff for a cup of tea. Ana said “This has been the best experience in my life. I have experienced emotions I didn’t know I would feel, and met people I never thought I would meet”.

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