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The Cornish day centre helping dementia patients through dancing

Staff at this day centre hope to help patients live well for longer. Credit: ITV West Country

A dementia day centre near Camborne is tackling loneliness and keeping patients active by hosting themed events to trigger memories and help clients live well for longer.

Reflections, a day centre in Tuckingmill, specialises in supporting people with dementia and memory loss, while also providing day respite for carers.

Patients with dementia are brought to the centre from all across Cornwall for a day of singing, dancing and reminiscing.

ITV News visited the centre for a sixties 'rock and roll' day. Credit: ITV West Country

Jennifer Jenkins, manager at Reflections Day Centre, said: "We do different dressed up days throughout the year.

"Most people would be sat at home maybe not seeing anyone at all throughout the day, but when they're here they are surrounded by people and they get up and move."

A patient at the day centre told ITV News the events make her feel much less isolated.

It's important for me to get out and meet with other people because I can be very lonely, and there's lots of people that are lonely and can't get out, and they don't know about places like this.

– Margaret Cook, day centre client

As well as helping people with dementia and memory problems, the centre gives respite to family carers.