Kit Bags and Berets Group

What is Dementia?

Every person is unique and dementia affects people differently - no two people will have symptoms that develop in exactly the same way. An individual's personality, general health and social situation are all important factors in determining the impact of dementia on him or her.

Dementia Awareness:

Symptoms may vary between Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all. The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal from work or social activities. If you think that these problems are affecting your daily life, or the life of someone you know, you should talk to your doctor. More information about 'Dementia Awareness' is available for you to download below.

Living with Dementia in the Winchester District:

There are a number of services and support groups across the district for carers and those suffering with dementia, as can be seen in the links below.

Kit Bags and Berets 

A new activity group for veterans with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Winchester.

Thanks to the Army, the ‘Kit-Bags and Berets’ group, will take place at St. Andrews Garrison Church, Connaught Road, Worthy Down, Winchester SO21 2RG on the second Tuesday of each month. The session provides a social atmosphere that aims to help people with dementia keep physically and mentally active, as well as helping people express themselves.

The group is aimed at veterans, enabling ex-service personnel with dementia and carers to meet in a relaxed social setting.

For further information on the group, contact Sheila Ancient, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker on 01256 363393 or email

The leaflet can be found in the "Attachments" below.