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...

EDAA hosts dementia awareness event

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:34am

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) held a Dementia awareness event at Muddifords Court last week for carers, local businesses and national organisations.

Some of the companies who were represented included: Barclays Bank, RD&E, Age UK, Healthwatch Devon, a number of GP's, Exeter University, Devon Drivers Centre, Devon & Cornwall Police, Handelsbanken UK, Cartridges solicitors, a number of local Councillors including the Deputy Mayor of Exeter Councillor, Lesley Robson and many prominent business leaders and organisations who have an active interest in increasing...

Devon Libraries support Dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:07am

Libraries across Devon are marking national Dementia Awareness Week (18 to 24 May) by highlighting the support and advice they offer for people whose lives are affected by dementia. Ciara Eastell, Head of Devon County Council’s Library Service, said: “Dementia is becoming the most significant health issue of our time, and has a profound impact, not only on the person affected but also on family and friends.

"There is still an acute lack of understanding for the condition so access quality-assured information, advice and support for dementia care is important.

"Our libraries...

Gina's Great Wall challenge

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:59pm

Gina Awad has just returned from her Great Wall of China trek challenge in aid of dementia research. The trip whilst only 70 miles over 7 days was arduous with the huge vertical inclines, declines and never ending slopes and steps. She explains: "A group of 30 strangers raising money for a range of charities spent 9 days off the beaten track trekking the Great Wall. Nothing could have prepared me for such a surreal and liberating experience. Having not researched the trek was probably good in hindsight as I truly believe I would have backed out.

"It was an amazing experience and...

Cyclists raise over £2,000 for dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:08am

Gina Awad, Project Lead of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, and 40 staff including seven GPs from St Thomas Health Centre, spent their Saturday morning cycling from Exeter to Exmouth and back again all in aid of raising funds for dementia.

They were inspired following a Dementia Friends information session delivered by Gina, who also volunteers as a Dementia Friends Champion in Exeter, and arranged this event to support her fundraising. Together they have raised approximately £2,300.

Gina’s hour long interactive talk triggered Health Centre staff to join in with her...

New dementia project demonstrates benefits of allotments

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:29pm

People suffering from dementia are being offered the chance to get out and enjoy pottering around on an allotment thanks to Age UK Exeter and Exeter City Council.

Linking Lives is a new project being rolled out by Age UK Exeter.

With funding from Age UK nationally five pilot projects across the country have been selected to try out innovative ideas that may help people newly diagnosed with dementia to live well and enjoy life.

The Exeter project allows people who have been recently diagnosed with dementia to meet up with others, share their experiences and make new...

Trust supports nationwide dementia research

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:34am

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting a new nationwide online and telephone service that helps people in the South West of England to take part in dementia research studies.

Join Dementia Research promises to accelerate the pace of dementia research by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, helping researchers find the right participants at the right time.

This new Department of Health funded service is a collaboration between the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society...

United front in fight against dementia

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:28am

The Alzheimer’s Society has announced the launch of a new dementia-focussed Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Exeter.

The centre will support eight PhD students to investigate the effect of dementia on the brain’s neural networks.

Nationally, the dementia research community is one sixth the size of the cancer research community and Alzheimer’s Society aims to attract new people to dementia research from a range of different academic and clinical backgrounds, bringing fresh ideas and talent to help expand the boundaries of dementia science.

Dr Doug Brown...