On October 22nd the club held the Dementia Information Open Day with organisations sharing information with members of the public and with each other. There was a very diverse group of organisations present, all there to help dementia sufferers and their families and carers. The Organisations present were The Alzheimer’s Soc., Age UK South Lakeland, South Lakeland CAB, Dignity in Dementia, The Wordworth Trust, local solicitors Gedye’s, the local mental health team + South Lakeland Carers. Books and resource packs including reminiscence books were available and provided by the library. The day was rounded off with a short demonstration of Singing for the Brain and visitors and representatives of organisations joined in and enjoyed themselves while learning what Singing for the Brain is like. Grange over Sands Soroptimists run weekly Singing for Memory sessions in Allithwaite.
Club members worked very hard organising and hosting the day and providing refreshments.
For further information from the organisations present and Singing which is now Singing foir Memory see below
Dementia affects 1 in 6 people over 80 and some much younger people so as a community we need to be tuned into problems people face. The Grange Soroptimists are Dementia Friends and received training from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Singing for Memory – Grange Soroptimists ring Janice 015395 58001 or Isabel 015395 36378 ( further information under Singing for Memory page)
Alzheimer’s Society ring 01539 742631 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dignity in Dementiav providing support for people with dementia and their carers 07771 682378 or 07816 895021 email@example.com
CAB South Lakeland For advice re benefits etc www.southlakescab.org.uk/
South Lakeland Carers for advice and information for example re Hospital passport scheme 01539 815970 www.slcarers.org.uk
Gedyes Solicitors for advice re Lasting Power of Attorney 015395 32313 www.gedye.co.uk/
Lakeland Arts Trust Sessions at Abbott Hall Every first Tuesday in the month for people with dementia – book by ringing 01539 722464 or see info
Age UK 01539 728180 www.ageuk.org.uk/southlakeland/
Cumbria Library Service Resource Bags visit local library and enquire re borrowing a resource bag containing reminiscence material and information.
Useful reading for family and professional carers DEMENTIA The One-Stop Guide by June Andrews.