Exeter City scores Dementia Action hat trick

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:58am

Exeter City Football Club has scored a dementia action hat trick.

Three of its organisations have been accepted as members of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and can now proudly use the ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’ logo. The Football Club together with its owners the Supporters Trust and its charity Football in the Community have all successfully submitted action plans to address the issue of dementia. The move followed a workshop held at the club in April when representatives of the three bodies received an awareness raising session provided by the Alliance. The three...

Exmouth & District Community Transport Group awarded £500 Bluebird Care Community Grant

Authored by lydia.ward.bluebirdcare
Posted: Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:32am

Bluebird Care , an Exeter and East Devon based home care provider have awarded a grant of £500 to the Exmouth & District Community Transport Group (EDCTG) to support them in providing transport to the Exmouth Dementia Carers Support Group .

Bluebird Care has been working hard to support community groups across Exeter as well as providing a daily care service to local residents living in their own homes.

The award winning home care provider awarded the Community Grant to the EDCTG after receiving numerous applications for their £500 Grant from voluntary organisations...

Alzheimer’s Society confronts dementia in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:48pm

Alzheimer’s Society in Exeter is encouraging residents to confront dementia this Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May).

Charity staff will be providing information about dementia and how to live well with the condition at the John Lewis store in Exeter on Tuesday 17 May.

People will get the chance to ask any questions they may have about dementia; find out what support is available locally; and learn how they can support people affected by dementia in their community by signing up to become a Dementia Friend. Staff will be available to chat between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday 17...

RAMM celebrates Dementia Awareness Week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:58pm

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is celebrating Dementia Awareness Week (Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 May) with a dementia-friendly art session and a slideshow highlighting the museum’s monthly programme of events.

RAMM aims to be a welcoming museum to all its visitors. Its dementia-friendly programme – Living Each Season – provides regular opportunities for people with memory problems and their carers to do something enjoyable together.

Photographs projected in the courtyard will bring to life the steps being taken alongside local partner organisations to make...

Dementia researchers tell their story on Horizon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:12am

Researchers from the University of Exeter will appear on BBC Two’s flagship science strand Horizon this week [8pm on Wednesday May 11] to talk about a form of therapy which is yielding promising results in helping people with dementia manage the effects of the condition and improve their everyday lives.

The programme will feature a clinical trial that investigates whether goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation can help to improve engagement in everyday activities and overall enjoyment of life for people living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia....

Devon Libraries launches new scheme to support young people’s mental health

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:54pm

At a time when 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue, Devon Libraries are today launching a scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.

Reading Well for young people is a national scheme, part of the hugely successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which will provide 13-18 year-olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

With the proportion...

Hundreds in SW back dementia research service

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 04/02/2016 - 8:58am

The South West is playing its part in the recruitment of volunteers to dementia research studies.

One year on from the launch of a groundbreaking service called Join Dementia Research almost 16,000 people nationally have signed up to this initiative which encourages people to register their interest in taking part in clinical research into this condition.

In the South West 1,110 volunteers have registered with Join Dementia Research service which provides a valuable resource for researchers in their search for potential dementia research studies.

To date 268 of the...

RD&E takes steps to become more dementia friendly

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:43pm

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has signed up to two high profile projects which cement its commitment to improving the experience of patients with Dementia and their families when in hospital.

The RD&E has just become the 40th member of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, a local organisation working towards making Exeter a dementia friendly city.

By joining the Alliance, the hospital has committed to introduce practical actions as well as a three year strategy which includes promoting their dementia and delirium care plan, easy identification of patients,...

Cranbrook wins NHS 'Healthy New Town' bid

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 03/02/2016 - 7:22am

Cranbrook in Devon has won a bid to be an NHS “healthy new town” to help residents lead healthier lives.

One of 10 across the country, the developing eco-town will test creative solutions for the physical and mental health challenges of the 21st century, including obesity, dementia and community cohesion.

NHS England is bringing together renowned clinicians, designers and technology experts to join-up design of the built environment with modern health and care services.

Initiatives being considered for Cranbrook, which will eventually have 8,000 homes, include:...

Carers of people with dementia wanted for online trial

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 02/14/2016 - 5:28pm

Alzheimer’s Society has launched the UK’s largest research trial of support for carers of people with dementia.

Nine in 10 carers for people with dementia experience feelings of stress or anxiety several times a week – and a further 80% find it difficult to talk about the emotional impact of caring, finds an Alzheimer’s Society survey.

Alzheimer’s Society and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are launching Caring For Me and You – a research trial that will test tailored online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and support specifically designed to help carers find ways of...