Dementia Words Matter

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There is still frequent use of the term ‘sufferer’ in the media when referring to people with dementia.

The language we use to talk about dementia influences how people with dementia are viewed. Derogatory words perpetuate fear and stigma and are contradictory with the aspirations of people wanting to live well with dementia.

Dementia Words Matter (http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/dementiawords) is a nation-wide campaign aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of using appropriate language when referring to people with dementia.DEEP

Dementia Words Matter” is a DEEP (The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) guide, written by people with dementia. It sets out the words and descriptions of dementia that people would prefer are avoided.

Member organisations of Dementia Action Alliance, and other non-member organisations, are encouraged to join this campaign to take action about the use of language associated with dementia, by committing to the three Cs:

  • Check words and descriptions used in your printed materials against the DEEP Guide
  • Change any words and descriptions that people with dementia have identified as ones to avoid
  • Challenge words which you recognise as our ‘curl up and die’ words whenever you see or hear them –  in newspapers, on TV, on websites and in conferences and meetings. And pass on the challenge to others to take forward in their own settings.

To find out more about Dementia Words Matter campaign, or to sign up, please visit http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/dementiawords

 

Warwickshire’s Dementia Awareness Week event – feedback

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Warwickshire marked this year’s Dementia Awareness Week by holding a Dementia Support and Services Event on Friday 20th May in Nuneaton Newtown Centre.

It is estimated that by 2025, over 11,000 people aged over 65 will be living with dementia in Warwickshire. By 2020, around one fifth (18%) of those aged over 80 in Warwickshire are projected to have dementia.

The impact of dementia can be far-reaching, but by increasing awareness and understanding of this condition we can make a real difference to improving the lives of people living with dementia and also support those who care for them.

The 20th May informal drop-in event offered a chance for Warwickshire residents to find out more about services available to support people with dementia and their loved ones, in different areas of our county.

Partners worked together to develop a full and varied programme including holding a market stall for local providers as well as offering a number of engaging taster sessions  such as story making, memory box making,  Dementia Friends or an ‘ooomph’ chair based exercise class.

A range of providers attended the event to promote their service offer, these included for example: Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Millbrook Healthcare, the Herbert Art Gallery, Citizen Advice Bureau,  Dementia Action Alliance, Warwickshire Library Service, South Warwickshire Foundation trust and a range of care homes and home care providers.

The event was well attended and a number of people commented that it was very helpful in terms of networking and finding information about dementia service provision in Warwickshire, talking to service providers about support available to individual families and participate in taster sessions, or having a health check done.

Each attendee was provided with a ‘goodie bag’ containing a number of different leaflets with information signposting people to a variety of support organisations working with people with dementia.

The event also saw the re-launch Warwickshire’s refreshed Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2016 – 2019; a copy of the Strategy is available on Warwickshire County Council’s website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementiastrategy.

Continued promotion and delivery of Dementia Friends information sessions will form part of the Strategy’s delivery plan. There are currently approximately 11,500 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire and our aim is to increase the number of Dementia Friends in the county to at least 30,000 in the next four years.

Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society focused around raising awareness of dementia and to help build dementia-friendly communities. Becoming a dementia friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things that can help people with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend.

You can find the nearest Dementia Friends information session by visiting: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Please see below some photos from the event.

Contact: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

What’s on Warwickshire’s Dementia Support and Services Event on 20th May

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What’s on at the Dementia Support and Services Event

Friday 20th May 2016 – 10am – 3pm

Newtown Centre, Newtown Rd, Nuneaton, CV11 4HG

As part of Dementia Awareness Week from 15th – 21st May, Warwickshire County Council will be holding a free event to showcase the support services available to people living with Dementia in Warwickshire. Everyone is welcome, but particularly people living with dementia, including family and carers from across Warwickshire.

Meet with over 20 support services at the event including Age UK Warwickshire, Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire, Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance, Fitter Futures Warwickshire and more. You can visit the stands at any time between 10am – 3pm.

Please see below schedule of information sessions which will take place at the event. Please book your place at the sessions when you arrive, places are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Download the poster – please display the poster and help promote this event within your community.

For more information call 01926 413 751 or email dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event!

 

 

Dementia Awareness Week Events in Coventry – 16th-18th May

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Next week, Sunday 15th May – Saturday 21st May marks this year’s Dementia Awareness Week and there are a few activities planned across Coventry.

Monday 16th May 2016

Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Corporation Street, CV1 1GS

The Belgrade Theatre are holding a Dementia Friendly Day including a Singing for the Brain workshop led by Actor, Dave Willetts, and two Dementia Friends Information sessions. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what Dementia is and how to support people living with Dementia in the community.

11am – 1pm   Singing for the Brain, led by Dave Willets

2pm – 3pm     Dementia Friends Information Session

5pm – 6pm     Dementia Friends Information Session

To book: All events are free but please book through Belgrade Theatre Box Office (Call: 024 7655 3055 or visit: www.belgrade.co.uk)

Special Offer! Book a cream tea for £4.50 per person!

Tuesday 17th May

Coventry Central Library

9am – 5pm

An information market has been organised by Coventry City Council to provide FREE advice of services beneficial to people living with Dementia and their Carers, including stands from Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Coventry Carers Trust. Free taster sessions will also be offered throughout the day, including a Get Going Together session by Age UK’s physical activity team at 1pm and a second Singing for the Brain session, 12:00-1:30pm.

Tuesday 17th May

Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place,  CV1 1JD  

11am-12.30pm

Motor Memory

Join us for an interactive guided tour around the newly redeveloped Coventry Transport Museum. Take in the highlights of our collection and share your memories of Coventry as a boomtown! The tour is designed specifically for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their friend, partner or carer to enjoy together.

Sessions cost £5 per person. To book your place please contact Stacey Bains on 024 7623 7537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com

Wednesday 18 May

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

11.00am-12.00noon

Memory Box Workshop

Creating a memory box is a simple activity to enable you to use reminiscence therapy to help your loved one on their journey with Dementia. The workshop costs £15 for two people to attend and includes the price of a memory box. Attendees will receive information on what to prepare and bring along to the workshop.
To book your place please contact Stacey Bains on 024 7623 7537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com

Please also be aware that there are two information booklets from Age UK that might be useful at this time, Living with Early Stage Dementia and Caring for Someone with Dementia. These are available on the Age UK national website. Details of the Dementia Friendship scheme is also available on the Age UK Coventry website.

Dementia Awareness Week 2016 Warwickshire

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Warwickshire will celebrate  this year’s Dementia Awareness Week by facilitating a Dementia Support and Services Event on

Friday 20th May 2016
Newtown Centre
Newtown Rd
Nuneaton
CV11 4HG
Drop in anytime from 10am to 3pm

As part of Dementia Awareness Week from 15th – 21st May, Warwickshire County Council will be holding a free event to showcase the support services available to people living with Dementia in Warwickshire. Everyone is welcome, but particularly people living with dementia, including family and carers from across Warwickshire.

  • Find out about local support and services by visiting stands from a range of services
  • Free taster sessions
  • Free goody bag
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy free refreshments
  • Opportunity to become a Dementia Friend
  • Free car parking and location near the bus station
  • Demonstrations of the Living Well with Dementia Portal

More information about stands and taster sessions is available on the Living Well with Dementia Portal: www.livingwellwithdementia.org

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You can request a copy of the poster from Warwickshire County Council to help promote this event within your community  by emailing dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

For more information call 01926 413 751 or email dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

Dementia Awareness Week events from Culture Coventry

Dementia Awareness Week Memory Box Workshop

Wednesday 18 May

11.00am-12.00noon

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Creating a memory box is a simple activity to enable you to use reminiscence therapy to help your loved one on their journey with Dementia. The workshop costs £15 for two people to attend and includes the price of a memory box. Attendees will receive information on what to prepare and bring along to the workshop.

For more details please click here

Motor Memory

Tuesday 17th May

11am-12.30pm

Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place,  CV1 1JD

Join us for an interactive guided tour around the newly redeveloped Coventry Transport Museum. Take in the highlights of our collection and share your memories of Coventry as a boomtown! The tour is designed specifically for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their friend, partner or carer to enjoy together.

For more details please click here

Sessions cost £5 per person

Places on both events are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
To book you place please contact Stacey Bains on 024 7623 7537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com

 

Awaken the Arts with people with memory problems – new sessions at Herbert Art Gallery

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Awaken the arts takes place every Tuesday of each month at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. They are a chance to explore our visual arts collection with our arts education specialist Brian Scholes. The sessions are designed specifically for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their friend, partner or carer to enjoy together.

Tuesday 3rd May, 11am-12.30pm

The session will focus on the exhibition Degas’ Dancers – a small collection of works by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, currently on loan from the Courtauld Institute.

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Tuesday 7th June, 11am-12.30pm

The session will look at Grayson Perry’s tapestries in his exhibition, The Vanity of Small Differences. Focusing on the idea of stories in art, other works in the collection will also be explored.

Tuesday 5th July, 11am-12.30pm

The session will look at some of the highlights from the collection including works by Stanley Spencer, David Bomberg, Joan Eardly and L.S.Lowry.

The session costs £5 per person.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book you place please contact Stacey Bains on 024 7623 7537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com

For more details please visit the Herbert Art Gallery.

Dementia awareness training opportunities for front-line workers in Warwickshire

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Dementia is one of our most significant public health priorities, as it has far reaching effects on people who live with the condition, their carers, family, friends, communities, businesses, health, social care and voluntary services and the economy.

Please find attached information on Dementia Awareness – Dementia Friendly Communities training opportunities available from May 2016 to July 2016.  DFC_April_2016_ to_July_2016

These FREE half day workshops are aimed at those working in front-line community, health and social care organisations, and businesses in Warwickshire who may come into contact with people living with dementia, or their carers, as part of their day to day service provision.

The workshops have been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council through Public Health and will contribute to raising awareness and understanding of dementia – which is a key element of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy. Sessions will also contribute to enhancing the skills of frontline workers in Making Every Contact Count.

The attached information gives further details, and information about how to book a place. Please forward this information to colleagues that you feel would benefit from this training, and where appropriate encourage their attendance.

If you are unable to attend a three hour face to face course but still want to find out more about Dementia, the Dementia Friends Initiative offers a range of opportunities for people to enhance their awareness of dementia. Dementia Friends Information Sessions last for up to one hour and may be ideal for groups / teams who do not have capacity to attend a three hour training course.

Alternatively, people can become Dementia Friends by signing up online by visiting www.dementiafriends.org.uk  Please see the attached ‘Dementia Friends’ resource to find out more. Dementia_Friends_getting_involved_Jan 16

Thank you for your support in helping us to work towards creating a Dementia Friendly Warwickshire.

Fore more information please email dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

North Warwickshire Borough is on the way to becoming dementia friendly

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North Warwickshire Dementia Friendly Community held their inaugural meeting on 17th March to launch their approach and share commitment to becoming a dementia friendly community. The meeting was well attended and proved to be very successful. Partners included, for example, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Arley Community Centre, Guideposts carers support service and Age UK.

The dementia friendly communities programme focuses on improving the inclusion and quality of life of people with dementia so they could remain valued, connected and involved members of their local community. The programme was launched in line with the Prime Ministers challenge on dementia in July 2012.

North Warwickshire Dementia Friendly Community have already proved they are progressing the initiative locally, and managed to achieve the following:

  • Atherstone Leisure Complex are offering free swim vouchers for people living with dementia and their carers during Dementia Awareness Week. This entitles the person with dementia and their carer to go swimming for free at the centre, during the week commencing 16th May;
  • Following a premises environment check from the Alzheimer’s Society, a number of changes have taken place at the Atherstone Leisure Complex centre. These changes have included new flooring, removal of clutter, new signage, staff training and improved lighting;
  • A North Warwickshire event is being held on Wednesday 18th May at the Volunteers Centre in Atherstone to promote the range of activities being offered to people with dementia living in North Warwickshire. There will be an opportunity for community groups/organisations to attend to promote their service and offer activities. Activities will include, for example, musical sing-a-long, memory boxes or oomph session (a gentle seated exercise session). Please contact Martin Horner on 01827 717073  if you wish to book a space to promote your services;
  • A Dementia Friends session is being held on Thursday 19th May at Atherstone Leisure Complex. People can sign up to the course at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/ or contact Becky Evans via details provided at the bottom of this article. If any groups or organisations would like to organise a Dementia Friends Session, please contact Keeley on Waldron@alzheimers.org.uk;
  • There are plans to start a number of dementia cafés in the community and local care homes, for example, a dementia café is due to start on May 6 (afternoon) in Water Orton.

On another note, the Aviva Women’s Tour (a prestigious world cycle race) is coming to North Warwickshire in June. Stage 2 of the event is actually starting in Atherstone on Thursday 16th June. To help create a carnival atmosphere we are asking all community groups/organisation, schools, nurseries, and children centres from across North Warwickshire borough, to decorate some bunting. We will provide the fabric, and we are asking everyone to decorate an individual piece of bunting which we will collect and join together. This will be used to decorate the route.

For more details please contact:

Becky Evans

Community Development Officer, North Warwickshire Borough

Tel: 01827 719346

Email: BeckyEvans@northwarks.gov.uk

 

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Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project – reminiscence therapy and training in dementia awareness

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Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project are a voluntary run organisation supporting people with dementia and their families in Stratford upon Avon area. WRAP have over 20 years’ experience in reminiscence therapy and provision of support through a series of training options.
WRAP carers week 2016
On Wednesday 8th June, WARP will be hosting a Showcase Event of services available in in Stratford-upon-Avon to highlight that “People Matter” in this year’s Carers week.
The event will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with the many organisations that provide care and support in the community.
For details about this event, please contact Mike Strophair, WRAP secretary on Tel: 01789 778431
Here is information on training courses currently provided by WRAP:

Reminiscence Awareness Course

WRAP believes that this is the course for all who are caring for someone, especially if they are caring for individuals who are living with dementia or have other disabilities and of older age.

Learning outcomes for the day are geared to communication skills and knowledge of how Reminiscence Therapy improves wellbeing in participants and staff. Dementia Awareness is also discussed within the day’s programme which is activity based through group work.

This course is Level One accredited with the Open College Network, West Midlands.

All who work with people on the Dementia journey should attend this course
– previous delegate

Next Reminiscence Awareness course dates:

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Tuesday 20th September

Where: Briar Croft, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon

Time: 09:30 – 16:00hrs

Cost: £89.00

Please contact WRAP to book.


Looking After A Loved One Support Programme (LAALO – previously CISP)

LAALO is an informal, people-friendly information and support programme for people looking after a loved one who is in the early stages of the dementia journey, regardless of the type diagnosed. The programme is free to attend and runs for two hours, one day a week, for eight weeks – all we ask is that you make a commitment to attend as many sessions as you can.

During the programme you will:

  • learn about the different types of dementia
  • receive help with finance and legal issues
  • find out how reminiscence promotes wellbeing for your loved one
  • discover techniques for coping with stress
  • meet with Guidepost Trust representatives and others

Places on the programme are limited to ten, if the next programme is full, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Next LAALO programme:
Date:  Thursday 28th April
Where:  Wellesbourne Village Hall
Time: 10:00 – 12:00hrs
Cost: FREE
Please contact WRAP to book.


Reminiscence Therapy OCN Level 2/3 Course

If you wish to become proficient in delivering Reminiscence Therapy workshops, this is the course for you.

The Reminiscence Therapy course is an eight week training programme that involves some distance learning. It takes place at a venue of the learner’s choice, working with people who are volunteers for the duration of the training, supported by a WRAP tutor.

The programme starts with an information giving meeting which involves the trainee, the manager of the establishment where the training is to take place and the trainer, contracts are then exchanged and preparation meetings booked, volunteers recruited and all other necessary administration is carried out.

Access to WRAP’s extensive resources are provided via our resource library based at Stratford Hospital on a weekly basis.

The course is Level Two accredited with the Open College Network, West Midlands.

In addition a “life review” can be undertaken together with a written paper to achieve a Level Three pass. Both the Level Two and Three passes are dependent on a successful evaluation and observation at the end of the training period taking place. (See Fair Assessment PolicyOpens in a new window.)

As part of the package trainees will also receive a WRAP Reminiscence Manual and Trainee Record Book in addition to other supporting material.

Next Reminiscence Therapy programme:
Cost: £500
Please contact WRAP to discuss.


Bespoke Inter-Generational Training

WRAP also provides bespoke group training workshops for organisations. The staff team have experience of working in schools and with community groups that provide for those of older age. This type of inter-generational work is successful in bridging the cultures of today and those of yesteryear. WRAP has recently worked in Bidford on Avon on a project that looked at the topic of remembrance. Linking with the Jolly Tea Pot Cafe and its members, young people from Bidford recorded on film the members concepts of today’s youth and how they could work together. The remembrance part of the project involved those who where on the front line and those on the home front. The participants carried out workshops in the local school and children created Anderson shelters out of furniture and sheets. They also created a war-time meal and asked questions and listened to the experiences from the survivors.

Other workshops included poetry, music and games, that culminated in the young people taking part in the remembrance Sunday parade and the laying of poppies on the war memorial.

Other work has been with pupils from Alcester High School who have been working on a memory board that has been funded by Balfour Beatty Construction through the Prince’s Trust. It was presented to the community of Alcester.

Please contact WRAP for details.

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