TV Challenges Dementia Beliefs
A ground-breaking new TV series follows the journey of 14 volunteers who all suffer from some form of dementia, as they attempt to run a restaurant in a bid to challenge the way this devastating disease is viewed by society.
Changing the stigma of dementia
Dementia is often considered to be an old person’s disease but, in the UK, more than 40,000 people under the age of 65 suffer from it and 82% of those stop working following their diagnosis. The four-part series, entitled 'The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes', aims to dispel the stigma surrounding dementia and show that with small changes and the right support we can all help give sufferers the confidence to continue living life to the full.
In the show, we see a whole host of celebrities and members of the public dine at the restaurant, as we get to know the 14 brave volunteers who include 23-year-old Jordan. Diagnosed with Picks Disease, a rare form of progressive dementia, Jordan found that participating in the show and working with others like himself has been an inspiration and helped him to realise he has a lot more living to do.
Dementia doesn’t mean your life is over
Matt Dodge, one of the chefs working on the show and the executive chef at a specialist dementia care home, said the experience was ‘truly amazing’ and that he particularly enjoyed watching the participants build friendships with one another. He believes the programme will help to highlight how important it is for those with dementia to continue working and carrying on doing the things they love.
Hailed as an unexpected feel-good series, 'The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes' is set to make us reconsider our idea of dementia and to give those who have been diagnosed a sense of hope that their life is not over.
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