Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge FREE Dementia Awareness Sessions

Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge are running some free, informal “Dementia Friends” awareness sessions at Tesco, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3BN.

They will be held on

  • Monday 3 June, 2:00pm and again at 6:30pm
  • Friday 7 June 10:30am and again at 2:00pm

The session lasts about an hour and explains how dementia affects a person and how we can all help to support them.

You can book for one of these sessions by ringing Chris on 01422 706373 – or you can simply turn up on the day if you prefer.

Creating a Dementia Friendly Sowerby Bridge

Dementia Friends will be holding a Charity Quiz Night at Wetherspoons in Sowerby Bridge on Monday 25 February, 9:00pm. Entry is just £1 per person.

They will also be holding a coffee morning the day after, Tuesday 26 February, 10:00am-11:30am with home-made cakes and musical bingo.

If you would like more information about becoming a Dementia Friend, there will be FREE interactive demonstrations at Tesco on Friday 22 February, 10:30am and 6:30pm and also on Wednesday 27 February, 2:00pm and 6:30pm.

Understanding Dementia Online Course in February 2019

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Understanding Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds, including:

The website enables access to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed by the University of Tasmania, including the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Health professionals

  • Community and residential facility support staff
  • People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
  • Social scientists
  • Health policymakers
  • Individuals with a general interest in dementia

Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health Issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.

To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. There are 7 weeks of scheduled content. After completing the final quizzes for all three modules of the course: ‘The Brain’, ‘The Diseases’ and ‘The Person’, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.

Course Outline
A background on basic brain anatomy and function

The Brain
The Brain provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions.

Nervous system anatomy

  • Anatomy with Body Central
  • Pathology of dementia
  • Future directions of dementia research
  • Explores the differences between dementia and normal ageing

The Diseases

The Diseases explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management.

Difference between normal ageing and dementia

  • Risk factors for dementia
  • Domains of dementia
  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Stages of dementia and focusing support
  • Medical management

The course addresses the difficulties in recognising symptoms, progression and staging of the disease and also what it is like to live with dementia

The Person
The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.

Insidious onset of dementia

  • Living with dementia
  • Dementia palliation
  • Non-pharmacological therapies
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Pain and dementia
  • Advanced dementia symptoms and management
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Dementia inclusive design

Enrolment Details
Enrolment opens: 4 November 2018
Enrolment closes: 8 March 8 2019 6:00am

Course Details
Course opens: 18 February 2019 10:00pm
Course closes: 3 May 2019 8:00 AM

Memory Lane Cafe Receives Quality for Health Award

Earlier this month, Memory Lane Cafe was presented with their Quality For Health award after successfully completing Foundation Level. Memory Lane Cafe is run by June and Chris Harvey and supported by a team of volunteers. The group was set up to support those living with dementia, other forms of memory loss or isolation in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and the surrounding areas.

The cafes are open in Sowerby Bridge (2nd & 4th Saturday of each month between 1:30pm and 4:00pm in St. Paul’s Methodist Church) and in Halifax (1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in Maurice Jagger Centre).

Paul Mansley, Chair of Memory Lane Cafe said:

“It’s great to have an objective assessment of what we do and the benefits that we bring to our members.”

Dipika Kaushal, CEO of VAC who presented the team with the award, said:

“Seeing more and more organisations demonstrating the quality of their services through Quality For Health is fantastic. Well done to the team at Memory Lane Cafe – this award is thoroughly deserved and the importance of your services to the community is clear to see.”

To find out more about Memory Lane Cafe, please visit their website or call 07920 549131.

Dementia Friendly Screening – ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Hebden Bridge Picture House has occasional dementia friendly screenings to provide an opportunity for people with dementia, together with friends or family, to enjoy a trip out to the cinema.

On Saturday 24 February the Picture House will be screening Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor starring in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed – filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Screening at 11:00am, with doors opening at 10:15am, and tickets only available to purchase on the door, for cash.
Prices: Over 60s £6, Adults £7, Under 26s £5.

Adjustments include:
• A relaxed and friendly environment in which everyone present within the Picture House will be aware of the needs of dementia sufferers.
• Lights left on low to allow people to move about without the risk of tripping, and to see where they are going.
• All Picture House facilities clearly labelled and signposted.
• Sound level a little reduced.
• No trailers, adverts or introductory music whilst waiting for the film to begin, unless they are embedded into the film.
• Customers free to sing along to songs within the film or to talk.
• Disabled access and wheelchair spaces available – up to 10 in the stalls.
• The promise of less than full capacity so you have freedom to move around should you chose to.
• Free entry for carers with valid CEA Card.

Square Chapel Team up with Memory Lane Cafe and Alzheimer’s Society to show ‘Still Alice’

Memory Lane Café from Sowerby Bridge and Halifax have teamed up with the Square Chapel for a special showing of the 2014 film “Still Alice”. The film stars Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin and it charts the progress of early onset dementia. There will be a wide range of support organisations with information and advice. Alzheimer’s Society will also be on hand to offer one-to-one information and support for anyone who has questions around dementia.

The film will be shown at 2pm on Tuesday 28 November in the main Red Brick auditorium. Tickets (£4) are on sale at Square Chapel or phone 01422 349422.

Representation at the display will be from 1pm until after the film has finished. There will be a second showing of the film at 11am on Wednesday 29 November. This time slot, in the smaller Copper auditorium, is Mums and baby friendly. Leaflets will continue to be displayed on the Wednesday but the display will have only minimal representation present.

Organisations are keen to use this opportunity to promote all services and activities which are available throughout Calderdale for those living with and affected by dementia. Square Chapel have kindly offered space to display leaflets and promotional material before and after both viewings.

Unite and become a Dementia Friend in a Dementia Friendly North Halifax

Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all.

Because public understanding is quite poor, people with dementia often feel misunderstood, marginalised and isolated which means that they’re less likely to be able to live independently in their own communities.

We urgently need to create a climate of kindness and understanding, so that everyone affected by dementia feels part of, not apart from, society.

This simply means finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, doing small everyday things that help. For example, being patient in a shop queue, or spending time with someone you know who’s living with dementia.

Dementia North Halifax and Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends is doing just that, starting with The Illingworth Neighbourhood Watch Group who completed training to become Dementia Friends including a game of Dementia Friends Bingo.

Every action counts, no matter how small. United, we can transform the dementia landscape and that transformation starts with you so get involved and become a Dementia Friend today.

If you live in North Halifax, interested in the training and want to become a North Halifax Dementia Friend then join us at various venues over the coming months.

If you would like to know how you can get involved please email or call 0300 555 0266