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Gaelic conversations help Inverness dementia sufferers

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Media captionCare home residents are being helped to recall early memories through conversations in Gaelic

Native Gaelic speakers with dementia are being helped to recall memories through conversations in their language with school children.

The project is being run at Cameron House Care Home in Inverness.

It aims to boost the wellbeing of the older people and help the youngsters improve their Gaelic and social skills.

Margaret Morrison, activities co-ordinator at the home, said the conversations gave the residents a "sense of purpose".

She told BBC Scotland: "The objectives of the project are primarily to enable our Gaelic speakers to converse in their native tongue, and to enable the children to develop their language skills by using it conversationally.

"It gives our service users a sense of purpose and usefulness by assisting the children with their language."

Catherine Mackay, a resident at Cameron House, said she was able to recall events from when she was growing up on Lewis.

She said: "It brings back memories to me of when I was young myself."

One of the pupils' teachers, Kirsty Scott, added: "It gives the children a chance to improve their social skills and learn about the past.

"It is also important to them to hear Gaelic spoken outwith the school."

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