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Fitter Futures – Physical Activity on Referral for people living with dementia

Being physically active can help to maintain independence and improve wellbeing at all stages of dementia. The benefits of physical activity may include:

  • keeping your independence
  • improved strength and mobility
  • helping to keep bones strong
  • reducing the risk of falls
  • reducing feelings of isolation
  • increased confidence
  • improved mood and sense of wellbeing

If you have a diagnosis of dementia (in the early-mid stage) you can benefit from the Fitter Futures Physical Activity/ Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service. The service offers a 12 week programme of physical activity at various leisure centre venues across Warwickshire. You will be supported by a Physical Activity Specialist who will develop a training programme for you and offer support and encouragement to help you become more active. There is a cost to the programme which is discounted where possible. You can come along to sessions by yourself or with a carer. Carers may also be able to participate – please ask the person who refers you for more details.


Dementia Fitter Futures

The benefits of participating in the programme in Warwickshire have been kindly shared with us:

“My Dad was living with Alzheimer’s, however he wasn’t interested in attending any of the Dementia Specific Services available to him.  He was starting to disengage with his usual activities and was spending more and more time at home. He had always loved to keep fit, however, he had to stop taking part in his regular circuit class as he was finding it increasingly difficult to follow the class,  he had lost a lot of his confidence in terms of communicating with people and was becoming increasingly anxious, especially in new or unfamiliar situations. It was suggested he be referred onto the Fitter Futures Physical Activity on Referral programme.

Dad chose to take part in the programme at Castle Farm Recreation Centre in Kenilworth, as it was a centre he was familiar with and it was close to his home.  The Exercise Referral Instructors, who put Dad’s programme together were amazing. It wasn’t always easy to communicate with Dad as he didn’t really speak much.  Some people would find this awkward however, the instructors weren’t phased by this. They had a great awareness of Alzheimer’s and took time to understand what this meant for Dad.  They treated Dad with respect and put together a gym programme specifically for him, appropriate to his needs and level of fitness. Either myself or my mum were able to go along to the sessions to help him work through the programme, which also helped him feel more comfortable and confident to attend his weekly sessions.

Dad attended the sessions twice a week, he really enjoyed his sessions whilst increasing his physical fitness which meant that he was able to stay mobile for longer and was less at risk of falls as well as other health conditions.  I would definitely recommend Fitter Futures for people with dementia, our only regret is that Dad wasn’t referred earlier on, when he was first diagnosed.”

For more information about the Physical Activity/ Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service please contact Fitter Futures Warwickshire: fitterfutures@warwickshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01926 351077 or visit the website: www.fitterfutureswarwickshire.co.uk

Please ask your GP practice, pharmacy, healthcare or social care professional to refer you to the service.

For more information about dementia and services and support in Warwickshire, please visit Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia

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Take action to help raise awareness during Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week runs from 20-26 May and Warwickshire County Council are using the opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and how to spot the early signs.

Everybody forgets things from time to time and many people find that their memory becomes less reliable as they get older. Stress, anxiety, depression, certain physical illnesses, infections and vitamin and thyroid deficiencies are just a few of the things that can make memory worse. However, if your memory is getting noticeably worse, or affecting everyday life, please book an appointment with your GP as it may be a sign of dementia, and help, support and treatment is available.

Helen King, Interim Director of Public Health at Warwickshire County Council said:

“During Dementia Action Week, we want to encourage people who may be experiencing issues with their memory to seek help and visit their GP. Seeking early help and diagnosis is important as there may be support or treatment available that can help to improve symptoms and slow down the effects of dementia. Your GP will be able to talk to you about your concerns and may refer you on for further assessment to obtain a more certain diagnosis.”

There are many benefits to receiving an early diagnosis; it can help you and your family to understand your symptoms and help you to make plans for, and choices about your future. Some of the main benefits of an early diagnosis include:

  1. An explanation for symptoms that may have been worrying you or your family
  2. Access to treatments that can improve symptoms and slow down the effects of the disease. Treatments are usually more effective the earlier they are started.
  3. Access to advice and support. Individuals diagnosed early in the disease process can take advantage of early-stage support groups and learn tips and strategies to better manage and cope with the symptoms of the disease.
  4. Time to prepare for the future and plan ahead. An earlier diagnosis enables the person to participate in their own legal, financial, and long-term care planning and to make their wishes known to family members. It also allows the person the opportunity to prioritise how they spend their time – focusing on what matters most to them – perhaps completing life goals such as travel, recording family history, completing projects, or making memories with grandchildren while they still can.

Helen King added, “In Warwickshire, there are many sources of support and services for people who are seeking a diagnosis of dementia, who have been referred for a diagnosis or who are living with dementia”.

There are three key routes to finding out about services in your local area:

1. Warwickshire’s  Dementia Navigator service.

Access to support from a dementia navigator who can provide a range of support as well as information on all of the local services in your area.

Tel: 01926 888899 Email: southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk

2. Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Website

A resource with a range of information about dementia, a map of services at district and borough level with details of all of the services in the area: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia

3. Information booklets available at district and borough council level.

For Northern Warwickshire contact: northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk

For Rugby contact: rugby@warwickshire.gov.uk

For South Warwickshire contact: southernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk

An additional source of support for those living with or caring for someone with dementia is Dementia Friends. A Dementia Friend is a volunteer who has taken the time to learn more about what dementia is, how it affects people and the small things that can make a difference to the lives of people with dementia. Warwickshire now has over 25,000 Dementia Friends. If you would like to become a Dementia Friend, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Further details about services, support and living well with dementia can be found on Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website, www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia or by emailing: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

For more information if you have worries about your memory, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website:

www.alzheimers.org.uk/memoryworry

Find out more about the benefits of early diagnosis,

www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/early-diagnosis-benefits

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Events and activities in Warwickshire for Dementia Action Week (20-26th May 2019)

Dementia Action Week takes place from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th May 2019.

There are series of events and activities planned in Warwickshire as follows:

North Warwickshire and Nuneaton & Bedworth

Name of event: Dementia Information Event

Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019

Time: 10 – 12noon

Venue: White Hart House at the bottom of Long Street in Atherstone

Why come along? Find out about volunteering opportunities that benefit people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society will be there talking about their Side By Side project and how volunteers are vital to its success. The White Hart will be showcasing their memory café and other services (such as arts and crafts, computer and job club), and will provide tea and cake for people who pop in.

Contact details for more information: Telephone Michelle on 01827 718080 or Julie on 01827 717073.

 

Name of event:  Dementia Friendly Cinema – Wizard of Oz

Date:  Friday 24th May

Time: 11:30-3pm, The film will start shortly after 11:30am

Venue: Atherstone Memorial Hall, Long Street, Atherstone, CV9 1AX. Entrance to the event and all refreshments are free of charge.

Why come along? This cinema showing is open for everyone, particularly those living with or affected by dementia. The event is free and free teas, coffees and popcorn will be available throughout the day. All staff at the event will be dementia friends and dementia friends/dementia friendly communities’ information will be available throughout the event.

Contact details for more information:  Contact Emma Ecob at the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Community Development Team on 01827 719232 or via email at emmaecob@northwarks.gov.uk

 

Name of event:  Living well with Dementia at George Eliot Hospital Stall

 Date:  Friday 24th May

Time: 12- 2pm all welcome to drop by

Venue: Outside Raveloe Restaurant, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, College Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 7DJ

 Why come along? If you are in George Eliot this stall is for staff, patients, carers and visitors to share what is available at George Eliot Hospital, information about delirium prevention. We will also be joined by the South Warwickshire Dementia Navigator service to offer advice to people with dementia and their carers.

Contact details for more information: Please contact Emma Jones – Dementia lead, emma.jones2@geh.nhs.uk: telephone: 07833 403 514

 

South Warwickshire

 Name of event:  Dementia Support in South Warwickshire

Date:  Thursday 23rd May

 Time: 1.00 – 3.15pm

Venue: St. Michael’s Church Centre, Church Lane, Budbrooke, Warwick CV 35 8QL

Why come along? If you facilitate and/or Volunteer at a support group in the area, then this free network event including refreshments is for you.

Contact details for more information: please contact Gill Jones on 01926 477512, or email gjones@wcava.org.uk

 

Name of event:  Dementia Friendly Communities

Date:  Tuesday 21st May

 Time:  9.30 – 1.00 pm

Venue: Tithe Place, High Street Southam, CV47 0HA

Why come along? One to one booked sessions with navigators and awareness stand

Contact details for more information: Please contact Graham Foster: telephone 07961 295 994

 

Rugby

Name of event:  Farmers Court Dementia friendly garden official opening

Date:  Friday 24th May

Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm

Venue: Farmers Court, Charolais Close, Rugby CV21 3AR

Why come along? Garden Power point, volunteering info, activity factsheets and  Dementia friendly communities

Contact details for more information:  Please contact katherineherbert@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

Name of event:  Dementia Action Week Stand

Date: Monday 20th May

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Venue: Hospital of St Cross, Barby Rd, Rugby CV22 5PX

Why come along? Garden Power point, volunteering info, activity factsheets and Dementia friendly communities

Contact details for more information: Please contact Debbie Harris (Specialist Mental Health Nurse and Dementia Lead Nurse) Tel: 01788 572831

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Dementia Support in South Warwickshire

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If you facilitate and/or Volunteer at a support group in the area, then this free network event including refreshments is for you!

Thursday 23rd May

With ever increasing numbers of adults in the UK living with a dementia diagnosis, Warwick District’s Dementia Support Groups provide a great resource for them, their carers and families.

The Warwick District Support for Dementia Network is keen to offer the people behind these support groups – the leaders, volunteers and activity facilitators- the chance to get together again to develop skills, share experience and good practice, identify shared challenges, and importantly, to recognise the great and vital work you all contribute within our communities.

We will be holding this free event at St. Michael’s Church Centre, Church Lane, Budbrooke, Warwick CV 35 8QL on Thursday 23rd. MAY 2019, from 13.00 to 3.15pm and would like to invite all those involved in delivering sessions to please come and participate.

Programme:

13:00 – Registration

13:10 – Welcome

13:15 – Updating knowledge:

  • Year of Wellbeing – Focus on Volunteers
  • Safegaurding update and refresher
  • Arc CIC/Foundry Wood & EcoTherapy
  • County Dementia news & planned events
  • Planned carers’ event – September 5th 2019

14:15 – Question and answer session

  • An opportunity for questions, an interactive session led by Tony Britton

14:30 – Refreshments and networking

  • Mix & talk with other volunteers, group leaders and specialists

15:15 – Close

 

For further information, please contact Gill Jones on 01926 477512, or email gjones@wcava.org.uk

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