Published Mon, 2012-02-13 09:44; updated 4 years ago.

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An innovative project in Staffordshire is giving people with Alzheimer's disease and their carers the opportunity to socialise and share experiences.

The Carers Association of Southern Staffordshire (CASS) has established a series of Alzheimer cafés where patients and carers can regularly come together.

Organisers arrange for talks to be given on subjects related to dementia.

Members also take part in different projects such as the life story book project.
Patients and carers work together to find old photographs, letters and other items to produce a book of memories from the life of the person with dementia.
This book helps to trigger memories from the person's life.
Laura Ashley, who is a carer for her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, said: "I think if this wasn’t here,  I would feel as if I was completely cut off.
"Every step that you go through, you can speak to somebody here and they have been through it to and they can give you guidance."
Due for review February 2013