Becoming a Dementia Friend in Warwickshire

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In Warwickshire, there are estimated to be approximately 7,600 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 11,000 people with dementia in the County in the next ten years. The fact is that most people will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetimes.

Raising awareness of dementia, creating dementia friendly communities and supporting people to live well with dementia are key aims of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy (2016-2019).  To support people to live well with dementia and to raise awareness and understanding of the condition, Warwickshire County Council and partners are aiming to create 30,000 Dementia Friends across Warwickshire by 2019. Our local target will also contribute to the national target: to create 4 million Dementia Friends in England by 2020.

Dementia Friends aims to change the way people think, act and speak about dementia. The initiative is led nationally by the Alzheimer’s Society and is based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people and there are now over one and a half million Dementia Friends in England. 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.

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You can become a Dementia Friend through one of the following ways:

1.Attending an hour long public Dementia Friends Information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a Dementia Friend will get a Dementia Friends badge and information card. You can book a place on a public session by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a local session.

Or 2. Groups may want to hold a Dementia Friends Information session for their group, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. Sessions last for one hour. If you would like to find out more about arranging a session for a group please email: Keeley Waldron at the Alzheimer’s Society  Keeley.Waldron@alzheimers.org.uk

Or 3. Become a Dementia Friend through the digital route – watch a short video on the Dementia Friends’ website www.dementiafriends.org.uk  Go to ‘Watch our online video’; Enter your details and watch the video to become a Dementia Friend. Then enter your Warwickshire work or home address to get your FREE Little Book of Friendship and your Dementia Friends badge through the post. It takes just five minutes.

Or 4. Larger organisations can register with Dementia Friends, to access a suite of resources and information aimed at helping members of the organisation understand dementia and how it may affect a person. Registering will also enable you to keep a record of the number of staff who have signed up as a Dementia Friend. You can find out more on the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk  Go to ‘Register your Organisation’.

If you use twitter, please let us know that you have got involved:

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Please show your support by becoming a Dementia Friend.

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Healthy Lifestyle on Referral

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Fitter Futures Warwickshire deliver their ‘Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyle on Referral’ service for anyone living with dementia (early-mid stages), in Warwickshire. This service offers a 12 week personalised physical activity programme delivered by exercise referral qualified instructors.

Keeping active is very important but can be particularly beneficial for people living with dementia. There are many benefits of staying active which include: improved mobility, increased cardiovascular heath, improved strength/stamina, better co-ordination and weight control. Exercise can also be very rewarding, allowing people to realise their potential, achieve goals and have a sense of accomplishment.

In addition to the above a group class or exercising with a friend can help increase self-esteem and reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation. If you have a friend or family member that is living with dementia, physical activity could be a great way to spend some quality time together doing something positive.

The Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyle on Referral service is available at a range of leisure centres across Warwickshire, all of which offer a discounted membership to anyone that gets referred. If a leisure centre is not the preference, you may be entitled to a home based exercise programme or even get referred to the local walking group or a community based class.

All of the exercise instructors have had training to help increase their understanding of dementia and how to help people achieve their potential.

To be eligible to take part in the Fitter Futures Warwickshire scheme you need to be registered with a Warwickshire GP and have one of the qualifying conditions (living with dementia, early-mid stages).

To get access to the service you must be referred by a Healthcare/Social Care Professional or Pharmacy. Once referred the Fitter Futures Team will get in contact to get you started.

Fitter Futures Warwickshire is coordinated by NB Leisure Trust and commissioned by Public Health, Warwickshire County Council.

For more information about the criteria, prices and other services available through Fitter Futures Warwickshire please visit our website https://fitterfutureswarwickshire.co.uk/

Reading Well Books on Prescription (Dementia collection) – now available in all Warwickshire Libraries

Warwickshire Libraries is proud to have been a member of the Dementia Action Alliance since 2013. Libraries are available for all in the community to use and we are keen to make sure that we are as welcoming and user friendly as possible for all.

Our action plan as part of Dementia Action Alliance has focused on training our frontline staff to be dementia aware and to encourage our staff to become Dementia Friends. We have, up to now provided Dementia Friends sessions at a number of our regular training sessions and have also encouraged staff to sign up via the very convenient online method. We have also begun to look at dementia friendly environments in our libraries, what to be aware of and change if possible when undertaking any refurbishments or building work.

In 2015 The Reading Agency, a national reading charity, launched the Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia collection. A collection of 24 books which provide help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms. With the help of Public Health Warwickshire we have been able to make these collections available in all of our council run libraries across Warwickshire, something we are very proud of.

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Each collection contains 24 titles over four subject areas, information and advice, living well with dementia, support for relatives and carers and personal stories. Books are an excellent tool to help support the health and wellbeing of everyone, no matter who you are. There are so many titles out there on a wide variety of subjects that it can be difficult to know where to start sometimes. Titles in all Books on Prescription collections are not meant to be exclusive but rather a verified starting place where you can be sure of books that have been reviewed and recommended by professionals. Titles in the collection were recommended by Health professionals and were tried and tested by people with experience of dementia. Selection was made using the quality standards for dementia care from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and other professional organisations.

Books within the collection can be recommended to you by your GP or health professional but can also be browsed and loaned at any of our Warwickshire Libraries. Just ask a member of staff or ask online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries

One collection of books that is listed on the national collection and which we also stock in our larger libraries (Atherstone, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford and Warwick) is Pictures to Share. A wonderful set of picture book style books aimed at those with dementia. Twelve titles are available and are well worth a look. If you run a care home or day centre do please contact us as lending sets of all twelve titles are available on a long term loan for your setting.

For further information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia or any of our other Books on Prescription collections please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/booksonprescription. Warwickshire Books on prescription is also available for adults with mild to moderate mental health conditions and two collections, one aimed at young people and one at families and carers with young children have also been produced.

If you’re not already a member, joining the library is free and easy. Just pop into your local library with one form of ID and a member of staff will join you up. Alternatively you can join online here www.warwickshire.gov.uk/jointhelibrary. Library staff are there to help so if you need any assistance or have any questions just fire away!

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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.