Looking forward to Dementia Action Week

Alzheimer’s Society – Sefton, has organised two events to coincide with Dementia Action Week (formerly Dementia Awareness Week). The first is a pop-up Memory Café and Dementia Friends session at the:  Kindfulness Café, Knowsley Road in Bootle on May 22. Click here to see the poster for the session.

A second event is a Dementia awareness talk and services showcase at Lord Street West United Church in Southport on May 23.  Click here to see the poster for the event.

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton want people to become more dementia aware and find out about the services they provide in Sefton so, whether you currently live with dementia or want to find out more about this condition, these events are for you. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about dementia and it is often portrayed very negatively. Alzheimer’s Society Sefton can inform you of the facts rather than the fiction and explain that it is possible to live well with dementia.

Southport coast to coast ride helps net £4k for Alzheimers Society

Five Southport businessmen have raised more than £4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society after completing a 140-mile coast to coast bike ride.

The charity ride, from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, was organised by Andy Webster of Southport accountancy firm Moore and Smalley.

Andy and his four riding partners, Tom Flanagan, Mark Day, Matt Dunham and Paul Roberts, chose the charity because several of their family members have been affected by dementia.

The quintet completed the ride over four days from May 17-20 to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week.

Andy said: “There were ups and downs, both physically and mentally, but it was well worth it. We have been so touched by the generosity of people and our original target of £3,500 has been well beaten.

“When we stopped at a pub to eat on the first night, we won the pub quiz and so the twenty pound winnings also went in the fundraising pot. A couple on the next table also donated a tenner.

“Most people will know someone who has been touched by this terrible illness. It was important to us to be able to do something to support Alzheimer’s research and give something back to the community.”

The route taken by the group is one of the official Coast to Coast routes and included the gruelling 1900 feet climb up Hartside, which was part of the 2015 Tour of Britain route.

Brookdale centre help conjure musical memories for dementia sufferers

A specialist Southport day service for Sefton residents with dementia turned back the clock this week to join in with a national initiative to raise awareness of the condition.

Service users at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale – run by the borough’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions – enjoyed a day of reminiscence to mark Dementia Awareness Week which is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The key feature of the event was a delicious afternoon tea which also featured live music from popular Southport vocalist Dave Benjamin, who presented a selection of classic songs from the last half-century and beyond.

Service users were soon dancing and singing along to Dave’s wide-ranging repertoire of musical memories which included rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country and western and pop and soul standards.

Brookdale Resource Centre’s day service enables the carers of Sefton residents who have an advanced dementia diagnosis to have an important respite break.

Service users enjoy a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, sensory stimulation, music and reminiscence therapies.

According to Brookdale Manager, Salwa Moustafa, it’s important for the service to lend its support to campaigns like Dementia Awareness Week.

She explained: “The main objective of today’s event was to provide fun for our service users, and thanks to the efforts of our staff and the entertainer they all joined in and had a really enjoyable time.

“However, it’s also important to use national events like these to raise awareness of dementia and the effect it can have on sufferers and their families, and in doing so to challenge the stigma associated with the condition.”

Figures indicate that someone in the world now develops dementia every three seconds, and that by 2050 around 131.5 million people around the globe will be living with the condition.

New Directions was established in 2007 as the first local authority social care trading company in the country.

Ten years on, the organisation remains at the forefront of the local care sector, with a team of more than 300 staff caring for older Sefton residents, or people with disabilities or mental health support needs.

For more information about the services offered by New Directions, or to find out about joining the team, ring 0151 934 3726 or visit http://www.ndirections.co.uk.