Dementia Resources

A valuable new source of information and support will now be available to those living with dementia in vicinity of  Seaton.

Official Launch of Seaton Memory Cafe

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Photo courtesy of Mid Devon Star 23/6/14

PEOPLE living with dementia, and their carers and families, in Seaton and the surrounding area are to get some welcome support with the opening of a memory cafe in the town.

The Seaton branch of Devon Senior Voice has been able to launch the Seaton Memory Cafe, following a grant of £500 from Devon County Council and match funding from an anonymous donor in memory of her mother.

Memory cafes aim to offer a relaxing opportunity for people to meet, share experiences and gather information to help them and their families, and a variety of activities will be on offer throughout the afternoon.

A dementia nurse specialist will also be present for people to talk to in confidence, and who will signpost them to further help where necessary.

The cafe is supported and welcomed by the community, with people offering to help in many ways, from making cakes to volunteering on the day.

Ideas for future activities are already being suggested that will benefit all who attend.

“We are so pleased that Seaton Memory Cafe will be there to help people,” said cafe chairperson Yvonne Addington. “Dementia can affect people in many ways and the effects on family and friends can be far-reaching.

“If we can just make a little difference on a regular basis, we will have succeeded.”

The Seaton Memory Café will be launched between 2pm and 3pm on Monday 30 June at Small Hall, Seaton Methodist Church, Scalwell Lane, Seaton EX12 2ST.

Its first official day will be Monday 7 July, and on the first Monday of each month from then on.

Article originally published in the Mid Devon Star on 23rd June 2014

For more information on Seaton Memory Cafe, contact Yvonne on 07827 813776 or email yvonne.add@sky.com

 

Local support in the Topsham area is now available for those living with dementia at a club run by Memory Matters South West.

New help available for dementia sufferers in Topsham

By Exeter Express and Echo

A new activity club giving vital support to people living with dementia and their carers is open in Topsham.

The club is based at Seaward House, Topsham and utilises space owned by The Mede, offers activities based around brain exercise that have been shown to slow down memory deterioration and improve quality of life.

Kate Smith, Director of Memory Matters South West, the organisation responsible for the new club, said: “We use a variety of activities to provide stimulus, including number and word games, current affairs, calculating withmoney and listening to sounds.

“Sessions are always fun and there’s a lot of laughter. Club members often become firm friends and they are always keen to help each other out.”

As well as providing activities for those who are cared for, day clubs like this allow carers to have much needed time out for themselves, something that they often neglect because of worries about leaving their loved ones.

Carol Emmett, who takes her husband to a similar club in Lostwithiel, Cornwall said: “When I decide it’s time to go off to do my shopping, I know I’m leaving Ken in a happy, homely atmosphere. This is a place where Ken feels safe and happy, and is never patronized.”

The recent G8 dementia summit highlighted the need for better awareness of the disease and increased funding for research, with the aim of finding a cure or treatment by 2025.

Kate reacted to the findings: “There is currently no cure for dementia and not enough support for people living with the disease. At the moment there are around 12,000 people in Devon who desperately need practical help with dementia now.

“There is strong evidence that certain activities promote brain fitness and slow down memory failure. We need more places where people can get support and stimulation and Memory Matters South West is intent on offering a lifeline to as many people as possible,” she added.

Memory Matters South West CIC run three day clubs in Cornwall and One in Devon, more clubs are anticipated in local communities in the next year.

For more information on the new club and how to become a member, there are spaces available,, please contact Kate Smith on 07813 886706 or email kate@memorymatterssw.co.uk

Article originally published in the Exeter Express and Echo on 22nd June 2014