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Dementia Friendly Crickhowell

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:

  • ‘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. 

If you are a carer, please click here for information that may interest you.



 
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