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.
A great website for carers support is Talking Point, an online community from the Alzheimer's Society. Please click on this link here the take you to their website for more information.
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:
At The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell
The café will be a monthly event to start with and is for everyone. It will offer a fun, welcoming and relaxing environment for people to take part in social activities. The cafe is where you can make new friends and enjoy talking together or sit back and read a newspaper or magazine. You can take up the opportunity to take part in activities like arts and crafts and games and lots more.
Future activities may include animal therapy, performances from choirs, entertainers; if desired, outings to restaurants, visits to museums, concerts, other cultural venues as the opportunities arise. The way the cafe develops will be guided by those who attend.
We look forward to meeting you.
If you would like to make a donation or volunteer as a helper, please contact Mike & Suzan Alderton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
The Living with Dementia Society are organising a charity concert in association with the Beaufort Male Voice Choir on the 21st July at 7pm. Ticket £10.00. All monies raised will be donated to dementia related societies and local projects with emphasis on Caffi Croeso. To book tickets please contact Mike or Suzan Alderton: email@example.com. Or phone 07876 085769.
‘Read and Remember’ Session is now every Monday at 2:30 pm to 3.30 pm at the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre meeting room, 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.
All are welcome to come along for a cuppa and a chat. For more information, please can call Barb Evans on 07749 413482.
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.
If you are a carer, please click here for information that may interest you.