Dementia Week runs from 1 June to 7 June, and is a valiant effort to raise awareness of a condition which over 90,000 people in Scotland (600,000 in the UK) live with, not to mention the countless numbers of carers.
Here are a few things going on this week you may be interested in:
Alzheimer Scotland is running a series of events across the length and breadth of Scotland this week as part of their campaign “Lets talk about dementia”. To see if there is an event near you, which there probably will be, click on their calendar.
The ALLIANCE are highlighting their Dementia Carer Voices report, which suggested 79% of people with Dementia feel others do not understand their issues and concerns. They are also calling on people to pledge to their “You Can Make a Difference” campaign – which aims to show that anyone, no matter their role, can help make a difference to someone with dementia. For more information, visit their website.
Playlist for Life continues its aim of introducing personal playlists for people with dementia. Research shows that music can trigger memories, which had otherwise been forgotten, and can rekindle relationships through the shared appreciation of a personal playlist. Visit their website for more details.
Channel 4 is showing a new series, starting Thursday 4th June at 9pm called Dementiaville. The programme illustrates a radical approach, with people with Dementia taking a loved one back to their youth. For more information, visit the Channel4 website.
Several projects within our Delivering Dignity Programme looked specifically at innovative ways of caring for people with dementia. Visit each project page for further information.
This Project aimed to celebrate and develop human interaction that promotes dignity between community nurses, residents and families in care homes.
This award-winning project aimed to pilot a Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy programme to carers of people with dementia and assess its effectiveness.
The aim of this project was to enhance the dignity of older people with advanced dementia using innovative methods to facilitate their food and drink choice.
Dignity Therapy is a brief intervention that enhances the lives of people at the end of life; this project aimed to determine its effectiveness with people with early dementia.