Crickhowell - working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Town
Dementia puts an enormous amount of strain on the individual, their carer and family, particularly as the disease progresses. Families often feel isolated from their communities; shopping and socialising can be difficult due to a lack of understanding and awareness, and that isolation can get worse as friends and neighbours keep their distance, not knowing how to best to adapt to the changing needs of a person living with dementia.
Around 2,500 people in Powys are living with dementia, and this number will only increase in the coming years. Over two-thirds of these people are living in the community. One-third live alone.
A Dementia Friendly Community is made up of the whole community - shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders - people who are committed to working together to help those living with dementia to remain part of their community.
This involves everyone having a greater awareness and understanding of dementia and doing very simple and practical things to accommodate it in everyday life. In turn, this then gives people with dementia as much independence and dignity as possible whilst supporting them and their carers to live well and contribute to the community.
There are many regular events and groups that meet locally to encourage interaction and to support those people with Dementia or their carers. Such events are:
- ‘Read and Remember’ Session every Tuesday at 2:30 pm at the Library for anyone with memory problems . A passage from a book is read out that is descriptive enough to prompt memories and these begin a discussion around reminiscing.
- Cric Centre are starting a ‘Coffee and Chat’ session for anyone who would like to get out and meet up for a chat- next session is on September 13th at 10 30 am to see how these are received.
- Helen Vincent – singing teacher is starting a ‘Cake and Chorus’ evening group in the Autumn in Mardy, Abergavenny for those who are Carers of others which will be an opportunity to join an ad hoc choir . Dates to be determined.
- Carer’s meeting every first Tuesday of each month at 10 30 hours –organised by Sally Rees from St. Edmunds Church.
- The Oakland Care Home in Llangynidr have a pianist called Barbara Elliott every other Wednesday who plays hymns and encourages singing (one verse only - not to put too much pressure on people with dementia) all carers and people with Dementia are invited.
- Message in a Bottle- The Rotary Club of Ebbw Vale are running a scheme for anyone living at home who might be reassured to know that essential information would be readily available to the Emergncy Services should they suffer an accident or sudden illness. This is an excellent scheme which is free of charge. For more information and to obtain a bottle please contact the are Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau on 01873 812177.
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