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World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012. World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21st September each year.

Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. However, 2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.

The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigma and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action.

For further information, please visit: www.worldalzmonth.org

The campaign information toolkit is available here: WAMToolkit2018 (3)

Look out for further details of events and activities for World Alzheimer’s Month in Warwickshire on this website over the next few weeks.


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After diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services

This document is for anyone diagnosed with dementia and the people who care for them. It has details about what support they should get.

It includes information about:

  • what is in a care plan
  • how health care and social care services can help
  • support available to family and friends who are carers
  • how to take part in research

For further information, please visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/after-a-diagnosis-of-dementia-what-to-expect-from-health-and-care-services/after-diagnosis-of-dementia-what-to-expect-from-health-and-care-services

For further information on support and services available for people living with dementia, please visit Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia website: https://dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk/locations /

Details on three key sources of information and support that will enable you to find out about and access Dementia Support and Services in Warwickshire can be found here: Dementia – Support Services single side FINAL (3)

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Finding Joy 2018 Tour – coming to RSC in Stratford upon Avon on 9th and 10th November 2018

Find Joy
Following on from the wonderful success of our Sharing Joy tour in care homes, hospitals and day centres across the UK we now have the pleasure of Finding Joy.

Joy is 83 today: she’s feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?

Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences throughout the UK and worldwide. Praised by press and public alike for its full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the production continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries.

Suitable for 12 years and upwards, Finding Joy is accessible to hearing and deaf audiences alike.

The Most Joyous News is that its coming to a Theatre near you in Coventry & Warwickshire this Autumn. Playing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon for 3 performances on the 9th & 10th November. Tickets are available on a two for the price of one basis (just mention 241).

Book tickets by ringing: 01789 403493 or online: https://www.vamostheatre.co.uk/shows/show/finding-joy#diary

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Feedback -Dementia Action Week 21st May 2018

Events were held at all three Extra Care Housing sites; Tithe Lodge; Queensway Court and Briar Croft.

Working together with the Orbit Managers, Activity Coordinators and the Unique Senior Care Team at each site, we held three very successful events.

Our aim was to provide opportunities for residents, their families and the public to participate in enjoyable activities that would help to raise awareness and tolerance of dementia in Extra Care Housing and the local communities, whilst raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Alongside tombolas; cake stalls; competitions; quizzes; music sessions and line dancing there was a: Dementia Awareness Stand with information about: Extra Care Housing Memory Support Service; Warwickshire County Council’s Living Well with Dementia portal and leaflets; carer support organisations; information on activities, travel and holidays for those with dementia and Assistive Technology Stands (provided by Orbit and Stratford District Council).

A local artist provided workshops at all three sites where people with and without dementia participated side by side in producing art work that created feelings of pleasure and achievement:

One resident looked at a piece of art work she had just completed and said;

“That’s lovely. Who did that?”
The surprise and pleasure on her face when she was told that she had made it, was wonderful.
After completing her art work another resident said.

“It makes me feel all warm inside, not hot but warm”
Her husband, who is her constant companion was able to spend time sitting and chatting with another resident.

One of the Unique Senior Staff team who has been trained in Reminiscence Therapy held a session at all three sites – again attended by those with and without dementia.

A ‘School Days Trigger box’; gramophone record player and LP’s were borrowed from WRAP through their ‘borrowing service’ and ‘old fashioned’ sweets were purchased and used along with old style advertisements to prompt discussion and to stimulate memories.

Staff employed by Orbit and Unique Senior Care supported the events, organising events and running stands.

CaterPlus provided 2 beautiful cakes to celebrate the events.

On average 40 people attended at each site. These were mainly residents but also included members of the public.

Two residents referred themselves to the service at the event.

Information relating to the Memory Support Service, Carers Trust; Silverline and The dementia guide (Alzheimer’s Society) were the main literature taken by those attending.

At the end of a very successful week over £700 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society with the support and generosity of the residents living in Extra Care Housing .

For more information about the Memory Support service provided at Tithe Lodge; Queensway Court and Briar Croft Extra Care Housing schemes please contact; Joy Coates.

Telephone: 01789 20 40 40

Email: memorysupport@uniquecare.co.uk

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