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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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Dementia Support in South Warwickshire

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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Suitcase Stories Warwickshire

A reminiscence and music project For people living with dementia and their carers – see flyer below for more information

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Music to Your Ears on Dementia Action Week 2018

Gaydon FireBravo watch, Gaydon visited The Lawns nursing home as part of Dementia Action Week (21st – 27th May 2018) to donate an iPod and speaker, Station Commander Paul Whittaker said, As populations of developed nations age, so the number of cases of dementia increases. As a way of helping care for and support people with dementia, music has been shown to often have a dramatic effect.
Whether it’s 60s soul, operatic arias or songs from the shows, music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.

Watch Commander Andy Martin added, The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and kickstart the grey matter is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.

Myself , Paul and Bravo watch from Gaydon fire station are extremely honoured to be members of ‘Friends with dementia’ and hope our donation of an iPod with over 10,000 songs and a speaker can be put to good use and help bring back a lot of happy memories.

Submitted by Paul Cartwright

 

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Listening With Your Eyes

listeningeyesYou are invited to a free workshop “Listening With Your Eyes”, taking place on Thursday 26th April in Café Lomas (at the new Stratford Hospital).  Listening With Your Eyes is delivered by Vamos Theatre Company.  You may have heard of their production ‘Finding Joy’ about a grandson who cares for his grandmother who has dementia.

Listening with your Eyes explores practically the many ways in which we make connections, with the emphasis on the non-verbal. It looks at the impact of body language, mood, eye-contact, touch, and gesture, and shows how tone of voice can change the meaning of the words we say. The workshop offers an opportunity for participants to see the powerful effect of non-verbal techniques, and their benefit in helping us make real and honest connections –particularly with those living with dementia.

https://www.vamostheatre.co.uk/arts-in/arts-in-health/workshop-listening-with-your-eyes

There are two workshops available on Thursday 26th April – at 10.30am & 1:30pm.

Parking is available at Stratford Hospital but it is not free.

If you are interested in attending please contact marie.darwen@stratford-dc.gov.uk and please state if you would prefer the morning or afternoon session.

Please note that one of workshops will be filmed by Vamos theatre, however we don’t know which one yet.

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Singing for the Brain at the Belgrade Theatre

singingbrainJoin Dave Willetts at the Belgrade Theatre for an opportunity to socialise, receive and give peer support whilst engaging in a stimulating group activity.

Singing for the Brain is a service provided by Alzheimer’s Society which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

Singing for the Brain will take place on Mon 30 April 2018 from 10.30am – 12noon.

Tickets for the event are free but must be booked in advance by calling our friendly Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or via the website. Please note, places are limited.

Cream Teas are also available at 12:30pm which include tea, sandwiches and a scone or cake for just £4.50 per person. This must be booked separately via the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055.

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