Alzheimer’s Society – Memory Cafe Dates for 2017

Alzheimer’s Society have announced new dates for Memory Cafes in Sefton.

10am – 12pm (1st Wednesday of each month)
Crossroads Cafe, 71B Liverpool Road, Crosby, L23 5SE

4th January – 1st February – 1st March – 5th April – 3rd May – 7th June – 5th July – 2nd August – 6th September – 4th October – 1st November – 6th December

Nearest train station: Crosby & Blundellsands
Suggested bus service: Circular
Good parking facilities.

1.30pm – 3.30pm (3rd Thursday of each month)
Salvation Army, 57-63 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AJ

19h January – 16th February – 16th March – 20th April – 18th May – 15th June – 20th July – 17th August – 21st September – 19th October – 16th November – 21st December

Nearest train station: Southport (25 min walk – taxis outside)
Suggested bus service: 43
Parking available

2pm – 4pm (2nd Thursday of each month)
Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane, L37 4AF

12th January – 9th February – 9th March – 13th April – 11th May – 8th June – 13th July – 10th August – 14th September – 12th October – 9th November – 14th December

Nearest train station: Formby
Suggested bus service: Circular
Good parking facilities.

2pm – 4pm (Last Thursday of each month)
Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, L31 2LA

26th January – 23rd February – 30th March – 27th April – 25th May – 29th June – 27th July – 31st August – 28th September – 26th October – 30th November

Nearest train station: Maghull (1.5 miles)
Suggested bus service: 231
Good parking facilities.

Memory cafes are informal drop in groups where people living with dementia and their carers can get together to share and talk about things that are important to them. Alzheimer’s Society staff will be on hand to give information and support. At some events, guest speakers will attend to cover a range of topics. There is no need to book, just go along on the day and you will be made very welcome.

You can find out more about the work of Alzheimers society here:

Alzheimer’s Society Activity Groups

Tea Dance

The dance is FREE to attend and a great opportunity to meet others, get moving and enjoy music and dancing for people living with dementia and their carers. It is facilitated by a Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) Dance Artists with support from Alzheimer’s Society staff.  We’re offering tea, coffee and cake to all who attend. Join us for fun, dancing, Rock and Roll, Jive and bit of Big Band and some surprises!

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain uses the therapeutic benefits of music to help improve well-being and confidence.  The sessions will offer you the opportunity to socialise whilst engaging in stimulating group activity.

Maintaining Skills Groups

If you are living with dementia our maintaining skills workshop works with you to strengthen you personal skills to help you maintain you independence for as long as possible.  The group provides a supportive environment where you can chat, socialise and share information.

Click here to download a timetable for the activity groups.

If you wish to attend these groups then please contact the office:

By telephone on 0151 298 2444 or by email to

Alzheimer’s Society’s Fix Dementia Care campaign

Alzheimer’s Society has recently launched the #FixDementiaCare campaign. please see below for details of the campaign.

The statistics

There are over 700,000 people with dementia in England, with this figure expected to increase to around 850,000 by 2021.

In a 2015 poll of over 570 carers, families and friends of people with dementia:

  • Only 2% said that in their experience all hospital staff understood the specific needs of people with dementia
  • 57% per cent said they felt the person they care for was not treated with understanding and dignity in hospital
  • 90% per cent said they felt the person with dementia became more confused while in hospital
  • 92% per cent thought hospital environments were frightening for the person with dementia.
hospital staff
  • Only 69% of hospital trusts are properly screening patients over 75 for dementia on admission, despite being offered financial incentives to do so.

Inconsistent hospital recording of the numbers of people with dementia who have fallen means this data was only available for a quarter of hospitals, but even in this small sample 6,834 falls were reported last year. In these hospitals an average of 28.3% of people aged over 65 who had a fall were people with dementia, but these numbers were as high as 52.2% to 70.6% in the three worst performing hospitals.

Length of stay

On average, people with dementia spend nearly four times as long in hospital following a fall and the resulting frailty from a fall and an extended stay in hospital can increase the likelihood of them being unable to return home.

Our call for all hospitals to publish an annual dementia statement

Nobody should have to go into a hospital where they are five times as likely to have a fall as at the next nearest hospital, or are likely to have to stay twice as long. There is also no excuse for wasting £264.2 million a year on extra care needed because of falls, unnecessary extra days spent in hospital and avoidable emergency re-admissions of people with dementia.

We’re calling on Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, to ensure that all hospital trusts in England publish an annual ‘dementia statement’ setting out the quality of dementia care they provide. This will arm patients with information about their local hospital and drive improvements throughout the system.

How can you help?

It takes a few minutes to send a message to Simon Stevens and demand better care for people with dementia in hospitals. Help us fix dementia care. Take action today.

Alzheimer’s Society: Your thoughts on the ‘This Is Me’ information leaflet

Do you use the popular Alzheimer’s Society-RCN leaflet This Is Me‘ in your work at a hospital, care home or other setting?

Alzheimer’s Society are revising ‘This Is Me’ and are very interested to hear from users how they might improve it. Getting involved is not likely to be very onerous.

Click here to view the This Is Me leaflet

If you have any suggestions for improving this leaflet please contact Tim Beanland at