Dementia Awareness Week

This week is Dementia Awareness week, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative aimed at raising awareness of the effects of Dementia on people’s lives.

The theme this year is #dosomethingnew in order to highlight that life doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis.

“Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. It can strip you of your memory, your relationships and your connection to the world you love, leaving you feeling isolated and alone.

At Alzheimer’s Society, we believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, and we do everything we can to help people living with dementia hold onto their lives and the things they love for longer.

We also believe it’s possible to do new things and have new experiences, too. And that’s what this year’s Dementia Awareness Week is all about.”

My contribution to the week, is to announce the start of a series of summer evening Dementia Friends Information Sessions in the walled Gardens of Cannington. Starting on 7th June at 7 P.M. To find out more, please contact me kris@scotting.org

To find out more about Dementia and Dementia Awareness week please visit the Alzheimers society website-

www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson

And for more about dementia friends- www.dementiafriends.org

Dementia Friends in The Walled Gardens of Cannington Tea rooms

It was lovely to hear from Hayleigh at the Walled Gardens tea rooms today, about how attending a Dementia Friends Information session that I had run had changed her families approach to visiting granddad who has Dementia.

Hayleigh attended the walled gardens staff session and had taken on board one of the messages in the Bookcase analogy. Her family had been in two minds about visiting. However after Hayleigh explained to them what she had learnt about the different parts of the brain, and seeing the person as more than their Dementia, they have started to visit more often.

Job Done! Nice one Hayleigh.

For those who haven’t attended a session, see the video below.

To find out more: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Dementia Champions Training

I had a really enjoyable day yesterday attending training for Dementia Champions.

This is the next step up from being a Dementia Friend and Champions can run information sessions for people interested in becoming Dementia friends.

It was a great and diverse group of people who attended the day, which was run by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Regional Support officer Camilla Alfred did a great job of delivering the training.

All being well I should be delivering information sessions soon, watch this space for details.

To find out more about Dementia friends:

Click here