Dementia Action Week 20-26th May
This week is national Dementia Action Week which aims to unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Many people worry about saying the wrong thing to someone with dementia, yet a friendly face or listening ear can make the world of difference.
The Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to take action by starting a conversation during this Dementia Action Week; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia, visiting a friend or neighbour or familiarising yourself about what it is and how is affects a person, it’s time to start talking.
You can support Dementia Action Week by attending an event near you, putting up posters and sharing the official film on social media.
Dementia is a subject close to our heart as Salford is committed to being Dementia Friendly. A programme of internal training is well underway to ensure our employees are aware of issues that may affect people living with dementia and how best to accommodate their needs in our venues and services. We are also auditing our venues to see how we can make them as accessible and user-friendly for people living with dementia as possible.
As a committed partner to the Salford Social Value Charter, we are focussed on improving the health and well being of residents to enable those living with Dementia to lead healthier and more active lives with less need for reliance on support services.
Here’s a reminder of all the events and services on offer in Salford for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers:
Memories Matter – Salford Museum and Art Gallery is at the forefront of museum-based reminiscence work with older people and the care sector. Memories Matter is the largest regional reminiscence resource loan service, and offers real museum collection objects and photographs for loan to organisations working with older people. These often include day centres, care homes, nursing homes, sheltered housing schemes, charities and independent and community groups. We aim to help these organisations provide stimulating and enjoyable reminiscence sessions for their residents and clients.
House Of Memories - Salford Museum and Art Gallery is participating in this programme to demonstrate how a museum can provide the health and social care sector with practical skills and knowledge to facilitate access to untapped cultural resources, often within their locality.
ArtBox - a set of activity resources designed specifically for people living with dementia to support participants to be creative and use their imagination, through visual art, storytelling, drama and movement.
Healthy Hips & Hearts - programme of predominately chair based exercise sessions targeting older people with the aim of reducing ill health, reducing falls, increasing social interaction, improving balance and improving overall wellbeing. There is a monthly session designed for people living with Dementia.
Dementia friendly swimming - in partnership with the Dementia Champions Group, we run dedicated weekly swimming sessions at various leisure centres for people living with Dementia and their carers.
The Salford Way app - all the fantastic Salford Community Leisure activities are on the UK's first, FREE dementia friendly services app. Download it from the App Store.
Caring for carers – reduced price gym memberships are available for carers looking for respite plus discounts available for cared for people each time they visit that also entitles carers to accompany them for free.
Books on prescription – We have launched the Reading Well Books on Prescription project in our libraries - collections of 25 books for people with dementia and their carers. Further activities and outreach, information provision and signposting will complement the collections.
Sporting Memories - the national Sporting Memories Network provides training and resources to enable sporting reminiscence activity to be delivered for people living with dementia or other mental health issues, or people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, with pathways into further creative, leisure or social activity. There are various events on every month at Salford’s libraries.
Dementia Naturally Active - a new project for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Join Red Rose Forest at Cleavley Athletics Track Clubhouse for indoor and outdoor nature-based activities or simply come along for a cup of tea and a chat.
You can join the conversation on social media following the hashtag #DAW2019. So take the plunge and help make Salford the most dementia friendly city in the world! Further information can be found via our Dementia Friendly section and at all Leisure Centres.