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'Reminiscence suitcases' help people with dementia

Dementia patients at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are reliving happy memories thanks to ‘reminiscence suitcases’ filled with items from their youth.

Items include ration cards, old-fashioned dial telephones, cosmetic products in original packaging and Elvis Presley memorabilia.

Sue Cook, leader of the Older Persons Assessment and Liaison (OPALs), said: "Sights, smells, sounds and feeling all stimulate memories for everybody.

"We’ve found that a lot of the everyday items from by-gone decades that we don’t really see any more can be great tools for unlocking people’s happy memories."

Read more on the Epsom Guardian website.