DFEL Newsletter April/May 2018
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“We all had talents before dementia, we don’t suddenly lose all those talents overnight when we get a diagnosis. It’s often a case of finding new ways to use those talents.” Wendy Mitchell,  Author : ‘Somebody I Used to Know’.

Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at 58. She had to give up her career in the NHS, cooking, driving and running.  Wendy explains how dementia is different to normal forgetting, for her it's like a fog in her head.  Dementia wasn't the end of Wendy's story - amongst other things, she's written a book, been gliding for the first time and is an Ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society. Life with dementia is not easy, Wendy has to continually adapt, try things out and live with losing memories and the ability to do things she's taken for granted.

We humans are remarkable at adapting to what life throws at us. People with dementia and carers value practical information and opportunities to share ideas and experiences with others who know just what life with dementia can be like.   Our Friendship Groups and work with the Memory Skills Team helps people with dementia and care-partners meet and build friendships with people 'in the same boat'.  Our activities and events provide opportunities for fun, friendship and finding new talents and skills, it's never too late to surprise ourselves!

New events for your diary:

  • 22 May: Dementia: The Carers Experience
  • 13 June - we're having an Italian Festa (party!!) with Lingo Flamingo 

Details below.

If you've an idea for an event or gathering, want to get involved or find out more - just get in touch. You can phone, write, e-mail or pop in to one of our groups or events. All we do is driven by you....

Take care and hope to see you soon!

Sue & Elaine :-)

Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC
Phone: 07727 883 881
Twitter: @SueNorthrop



Join us every Tuesday 12 - 2pm for a lovely lunch cooked by Elaine and Donna at the Haddington Bowling Club, Weymss Place, Haddington. Everyone is welcome to join us.


May 22nd:  Dementia: The Carer’s Experience A Day for Carers in East Lothian. Organised by and for local carers, the day will involve practical information and sharing ideas and experience.  Free for Carers. This event is funded by the Life Changes Trust and Supported by TIDE. Please register by contacting Anne Miller: 0141 212 9615 or e-mailing:

June 13th - Learn to speak Italian with Lingo Flamingo!  It’s never too late to learn and recent research suggests learning a language can delay dementia and aid stroke recovery. Lingo Flamingo have designed a course specifically for people with dementia so come along and try it out! Join us for lunch at 1, we finish at 4.  Arriverderci!


  • Book Bugs and other events with Musselburgh Library in May
  • Cycling without age rides in Musselburgh
  • Dementia Awareness Week (when we find out the Scottish  date!!!)
  • Carers Week in June
  • Three Harbours Festival in July
  • An event with DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and TIDE (Together in Dementia Everyday) in the autumn


3rd April - HADDINGTON FRIENDSHIP GROUP.  10.30 - 12 at Haddington Bowling Club.  This  month’s guest is the Rotary Club. Next month, find out more about Our Community Kitchen from Elaine and Donna.

3rd April BEACHFRONT BOTHY NORTH BERWICK. 2 - 3.30pm at the Hope Room, North Berwick. This month we’re playing ‘Stramash’, invented in Haddington. Next month Alison Connell will be talking about how design can change our lives and her new memory project - Design for Life.

11th April MUSSELBURGH FRIENDSHIP GROUP. 2.30 - 4pm at the Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh. Alison Connell will be talking about how design can change our lives and her new memory project - Design for Life. In May, Simon Fairnie will be returning by popular demand; this time to talk about Musselburgh Trams.

20th April DUNBAR FRIENDSHIP GROUP. 10.30 - 12 at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar. Dunbar Rotary will be talking about their work.


2 meetings this month! 

11 April - the group will gather for coffee at 10.30 - 12 at the Lighthouse Church, Prestonpans. All welcome!

25th April, 10.30 - 12 at the Willow Room in Cockenzie House. We'll be having a talk on the history of Cockenzie House & Gardens,

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