A new weekly Buddies Group for people with dementia is being set up in Leamington

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Buddies Group is for people with Memory issues or Dementia. The aim of the group is to meet others in similar circumstances who want to share their experiences of living with memory loss and have their voices heard.

Come along to meet, chat, share experience, laugh and stay involved. The group will be meeting weekly in Leamington. First hot drink is on the house!

First meeting will be held in the New Year on

Thursday 19th January 2017 – 2pm to 4pm

For more information please contact Hazel on 07748383023 or Jill on 07747632042 –

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Songs, books and memories at Atherstone Library – 8th December

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Atherstone Library will be hosting their second singing session for people with dementia  on 8th December.

Singing with people who have dementia builds on the fact that people with dementia can recall words of songs and melodies after other memories have faded. Singing can help people with dementia communicate and provides opportunities for people to express, explore or reflect on their emotions.  Some studies have shown that engagement in creative activity can help people to build a resistance to stressful situations that prevent them dealing with progressive health changes.

The condition of dementia is associated with profound and prolonged adjustmentshutterstock_3994576, for the people living with the condition and those closest to them. These adjustments relate to changes in an overall sense of wellbeing, communication (i.e. speaking and expressing needs and emotions), living in the world with others (relationships and social life), cognition and understanding – making sense of world and making decisions, organisation and structure, skills and physical abilities.

Through the music, confidence, mood and self-esteem are boosted.  But singing can also help to develop muscle mobility in face, throat and chest, which can collectively strengthen voice production, improve lung activity and capacity and improve posture.

As a creative and social activity, singing regularly in a social environment could support the well-being of people living with dementia and the people closest to them and help them deal with life changes.

Have fun together sharing memories with favourite songs,  as well as books and pictures at Atherstone Library. The next singing session will be held on:

Tuesday 8th December at 2.30pm

Atherstone Library, Long St, Atherstone, CV9 1AX.

To book a place please contact Atherstone Library on 01827 721675.

 

 

Coventry Community Festive Lunch and Pantomime – Wednesday 21st December

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At Herald Lodge  staff understand that Winter, and especially Christmas, can be a difficult and lonely time of year for the elderly.   The home prides itself on being an integral part of the local community and they are inviting local older people to join them for a festive feast on 21st December at 12:30. Staff feel this is a great benefit to people who may otherwise be lonely at Christmas, giving them much needed company and joy during the festive period, and also to their residents who continue to enjoy meeting new people with similar interests.shutterstock_3994576

The lunch is free of charge, and the invitation is open to all (although places may be limited). Following the Christmas lunch a Puss in Boots pantomime will be held at 14:30pm.

Herald Lodge is a 42 bed dementia care home which has a resident centred, varied activities programme, highly trained, caring and professional staff and state-of-the-art bedrooms with en-suite facilities.  The home also boasts a contemporary on-site hair salon and landscaped sensory gardens.

Please contact Herald Lodge’s Front of House Manager – Rachel Hallinan – on Tel: 02476 671 040 about any questions from yourself or your relatives, or please feel free to pop in for a look around the home, the address is below:

Herald Lodge, 100 Canley Road, Canley, Coventry, CV5 6AR

 

Side by Side – Vintage Afternoon Tea event in Bedworth, 26th November

Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire are celebrating the launch of Side by Side Project across North Warwickshire and Coventry in 2016 and they would like to invite you to a Vintage Afternoon Tea held on Saturday 26th November at 1-4pm, at Bedworth Ex Servicemen’s Social Club, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth CV12 8JH.

The Society would love you to join them to meet other people living with dementia, carers, volunteers, Alzheimer’s Society staff and stakeholders involved with the project.

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To get in the celebration spirit the Society have arranged music from the 50s and 60s and would love people to dress up in outfits from the era.

If you are unable to attend but think you may know others who would be interested please share details of this event with them.

To confirm your attendance please RSPV by either emailing

helen.mansbridge@alzheimers.org.uk

marion.aslan@alzheimers.org.uk

or by Telephoning 0121 700 7361.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 26th November!

 

Warwickshire’s NEW Living Well with Dementia website

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We wanted to let you know about exciting developments to enhance Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website – previously, The Living Well with Dementia Portal.

The Living Well with Dementia Portal (website) was first launched in 2012 and has received much praise. As part of Warwickshire’s refreshed Living Well with Dementia Strategy (2016-2019),  WCC Public Health, Communications and Strategic Commissioning, People Group have been working with a local website developer – Formation Media, to enhance the website to maximise its use by people across Warwickshire. The new website will make navigation through the webpages easier and includes new features including a support and services map to enable people to search for dementia services in the local area. Developments have been based on local consultation and best practice guidance.

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The new website can be accessed through the following URL:

https://dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk/

The website can be used by anyone who would like to know more about dementia – this includes people with dementia, carers, family and friends of people living with dementia, individuals, groups and organisations who would like to know more about becoming dementia friendly and practitioners supporting people with dementia.

 

If you have any feedback on this website, please send your comments to dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

Dementia Friendly ‘Mamma Mia!’ film experience to take place in Coventry on 2nd November

Alzheimer’s Society and E.ON would like to invite you to a dementia friendly cinema experience on board the Sky Cinema Movie Bus.

The event will take place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. Arrival will be from 12:30pm and the film will start at 1.30pm. The venue is Car Park A at the Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Coventry, CV6 6GE Refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited to 60 people and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend, or for more information, please email: hotline@alzheimers.org.uk

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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:

@DementiaCandW                               @WCCPublicHealth

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/