Welcome to the March edition of the National Dementia Action Alliance newsletter which includes a new feature highlighting the achievements of our members from the past year starting with Dementia Carers Count. There’s also a reminder about the webinar we’re hosting next week on Sexual Intimacy and Older People and an interview with Jewish Care. Plus there are updates from NDAA members Nutricia, tide, Promedica24, CQC, the LGA, and The University of Worcester.
We’d like to introduce a new regular feature for the NDAA newsletter which will focus on the achievements of our members. For our annual report we asked members to submit an achievement relating to supporting people living with dementia and carers they were most proud of from 2018. Each month we’ll be sharing one of these and celebrating the fantastic work our members do. First up in this feature we hear from Dementia Carers Count who provide details of residential courses they have been providing to carers.
NDAA member tide have been running their Dementia Dekh Bhaal Project in Rochdale and here Manager, and former carer, Shahid Mohammed provides an honest and engaging blog about it. Dementia Dekh Bhaal was featured at the NDAA Annual Conference 2019 and is a great example of supporting people living with dementia and their carers from specific groups within society and the unique challenges they can face. The project mirrors the principles of our own Dementia Seen and Heard campaign. Shahid talks about the carers he has engaged with in Rochdale.
We spoke to Helen Preddy who is Creative Arts Development Coordinator and part of Jewish Care’s Disability, Arts and Dementia team. As well as explaining about the work of Jewish Care, Helen gave details of their residency with Wigmore Hall’s Music for Life programme and their future plans around social prescribing and dementia support.
The Patients Association have developed a Nutrition Checklist. NDAA member Nutricia explain how it could help identify early signs of malnutrition in people living with Dementia. They have produced information leaflets with Carers UK which offers advice in these situations. One is focussed on people with dementia eating well and the other concentrates on carers.
Dr Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead – Older People and Dementia Care at the Royal College of Nursing will be leading a webinar on sexual intimacy and older people. The session will explore the issues of the ageing process on sexual activity, capacity to consent, sexually transmitted infections and ethical conundrums. The webinar will use a case study approach and draw on the latest guidance and Dawne’s doctoral research.
Click below to register your place.
Do you want to find out about the Meeting Centres Support Programme?
Meeting Centres are an innovative way of supporting people with mild to moderate dementia and their families through an evidence-based, person-centred approach and offer an enjoyable, flexible and adaptive programme. They are a great low-cost community based way of supporting people living with dementia and their families that have been successfully implemented in the Netherlands for over 25 years and in the UK for over 3 years.
The Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement: Making England the Best Place in the World for Dementia Care
If you, or somebody close to you, has been diagnosed with dementia in the last few years Opinion Research Services (ORS) would really like to hear from you. ORS are inviting people with a dementia diagnosis, or their main carer (either family or friend) to complete a short questionnaire about the experience of living with dementia. This is an important opportunity to share experiences and maybe help shape and improve services in the future. The questionnaire asks about experiences of day-to-day living and dementia friendly communities. At the end, they provide an opportunity to sign up to receive further questionnaires in the future.
Other NDAA news – click for details
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