Princesshay and Exeter BID sign up to Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:57pm

Princesshay and Exeter BID are pleased to announce their support and commitment to the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, a local organisation established in 2015.

The main aim of the alliance is to reduce the stigma and misconceptions of dementia by raising awareness in the Exeter community and for local businesses to consider their service provision for people living with dementia.

Twenty members of the team from Princesshay and Exeter BID including Store Managers, the security and cleaning team, Centre Management and BID Ambassadors attended two Dementia Friends sessions...

Brewin Dolphin supports Exeter Dementia

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:10am

The Directors and staff of wealth management company Brewin Dolphin Exeter office, invited Gina Awad, Exeter Dementia Action Lead to deliver a 'Dementia Friends Information' session. Gina was delighted when the local office of Brewin Dolphin agreed wholeheartedly to join the alliance and explained “As a city we are leading in reducing the stigma surrounding the condition by sharing resources and generally getting out there and talking about it. Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge of this century and a collaborative response is and will make all the difference”....

People with dementia gain from learning self-management skills

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/19/2016 - 2:34pm

People with early-stage dementia benefit when they are empowered to manage their own condition, a study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.

Research involving Bangor University and published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, found that attending weekly ‘self-management’ group sessions which encouraged socialisation, discussion, problem solving and goal setting fostered independence and promoted social support amongst people with dementia.

The groups, led by trained facilitators, were focused on providing people with a better understanding...

64% of those with dementia feel isolated

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/01/2016 - 8:57am

New research by Alzheimer’s Society shows that 39% of people in the South West mistakenly think that once a person with dementia stops recognising loved ones, they don’t benefit that much from spending time with them.

In a separate survey of 300 people affected by dementia, the charity also found that 64% of those living with the condition felt isolated from friends and family following a diagnosis. Today, Alzheimer’s Society is calling on people to make a positive New Year’s resolution to spend time with people with dementia and help them take part in activities they enjoy to keep...

Exeter patients benefit from donation

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2015 - 1:51pm

Patients at Exeter Community Hospital will benefit from a donation of more than £2,000 by independent retailer McColl’s.

The four McColl’s convenience stores in the city raised £2,351.74 for Exeter Community Hospital League of Friends as part of the Making a Difference Locally campaign.

Theresa Bond, a healthcare assistant at the hospital in Whipton, was instrumental in securing the donation.

Cathy Varetto, deputy matron, said: “Theresa and all the staff on Budlake Ward would like to say a big thank you to McColl’s for this very generous donation.

“The money...

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to officially launch next month

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:59pm

The Exeter Dementia Action Alliance will be officially launching next month at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum with over 100 due to attende from local councillors to city retailers, businesses, people living with dementia and their care givers.

RAMM Community Participation Officer said: “RAMM is proud to be part of the Alliance, this growing community of organisations working towards a dementia-friendly city. At the museum there’s always something to discover – about objects, about the world, about yourself, or the person with you. We value every visitor.”

Gina Awad,...

Exercise could reduce risk of dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:45am

More than seven in ten people from the South West (77 per cent) are not doing the amount of average weekly exercise recommended by NHS guidelines, despite evidence that taking part in regular exercise can reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia, according to a survey carried out by Alzheimer’s Society to mark the start of Memory Walks on Saturday.

Taking regular physical exercise is proven to be one of the best things that can be done to reduce the risk of getting dementia, yet over half of those surveyed from the South West (56%) didn’t know that regular exercise and...

Become a Dementia Friend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:52am

Over one million people have become Dementia Friends.

Why not join them at my Dementia Friends Information Session at Exeter University on 16th September 1.30-2.30pm?

You can help tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend.

Learn a little more about dementia and some of the small ways you can help those living with dementia, and you can make a huge difference in your community.

The session is free, and we won’t be asking for any on going commitment, and it’s not about fundraising, just a chance to find out more...

Scientists to host dementia information day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:50am

Leading South West dementia scientists will come together on Thursday 3 September to hold a free public event in Devon to discuss current dementia research.

The day will involve short talks from clinicians and researchers, as well as interactive workshops and an opportunity to ask the experts questions about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The meeting is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South West Network Centre in partnership with the National Institute for Health Clinical Research Network (CRN) for the South West peninsula.


Students learn about dementia

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:02am

Gina Awad and Colin Bray, Exeter Dementia Friends Champions, delivered an information session to 100 Year 7 students at Westexe School recently.

The students were informed of the 5 key messages that the national initiative is aspiring to deliver. "A thoroughly engaging group, that were keen to learn more" said Gina who is also leading the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance in working towards a dementia friendly city.

The students were keen to go back to class afterwards and create a short poem or poster to illustrate their learning.

Gina will be delivering her next...