Events — Dementia Awareness Day

15/05/2019 until 15/05/2019

Join us on Wednesday 15th May for our Dementia Awareness Day

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society which helps people to understand a bit more about dementia and the little ways they can help. It also champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.

Cwmbran Centre is proud to support Dementia Friends by holding a Dementia Awareness Day on Wednesday 15th May between 10am and 1pm. The event is being held on Gwent Square in support of Dementia Action Week and people living with dementia. Using the facilities and retailers that Cwmbran Centre has to offer, we will be providing further support for people living with dementia. Please see below a list of retailers that are getting involved and the services they are offering:

Amplifon Hearing Aid shop – 11:45 a.m

Rubin Lewis O’Brien – Dementia Friendly Solicitor offering advice.

Banks and Building Societies – Financial Advice on safeguarding your account
Principality Building Society 12:00 – 12:30 p.m
Co-op Bank 12:00 – 12:30 p.m
Monmouthshire Building Society 12:00 – 12:30 p.m
HSBC Bank 12:00 – 12:30 p.m
NatWest Bank 12:00 – 12:30 p.m

Phone Shops – Sharing product information
3 Phone shop 12:30 – 1:00 p.m
Vodafone Phone shop 12:30 – 1:00 p.m
O2 Phone shop 12:30 – 1:00 p.m

In addition to our retailers getting involved in our Dementia Awareness Day, we also have a number of local parties joining us including:

Police – Informing people of the Herbert Protocol which is a national scheme introduced by the police in partnership with other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. They will be on hand to discuss how members of the public can register on the day.
Fire service – Advising members of the public on what services they have available to help.
Simply gym – Creating fitness plans for individuals.
Library Knit and Natter Group – Showcasing the twiddlemuffs that have been created for Cwmbran Centre and also handing them out.
Shimmer my Zimmer – Health board project, the project aims to reduce falls as people with dementia can find it hard to recognise their grey-coloured frames.
Trac2 – Charity for vulnerable people in Torfaen, offering advice.
• Torfaen community transport – Bringing a mobility scooter and leaflets, available to talk about options available.

Also taking place on Gwent Square between 1-2pm is a Dementia Friends Session which we welcome you to join us for.

Ongoing activities for people living with dementia include:

• A weekly art class at Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre

Dementia friendly services from Torfaen Libraries including:

‘Pictures to Share’ illustrated books – The library has invested in a collection of high quality, large scale books which are designed for people with dementia. Each book comprises of a selection of beautiful, powerful and amusing images and words that provide a starting point to conversation and reminiscence. This collection provides an alternative to the complex and confusing modern media that surrounds us

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups

Book Prescription Wales is a scheme that aims to help people with mild to moderate emotional problems to make use of high quality self-help books that have been specially selected by psychologists and counsellors working in Wales. This highly successful scheme involves a GP or other health professional prescribing a therapy book which is available to borrow from any branch library across Wales on favourable lending terms. Items can be borrowed without a prescription but normal borrowing terms will apply

Reading Well for Dementia Book Collection – Using the same model as Book Prescription Wales, this collection is also available to borrow from all Welsh public libraries.  The collection supports the Dementia Action Plan for Wales. Titles include information and advice for people affected by dementia, as well as fiction, memoir and photographic books used in reminiscence therapy. These and supporting materials will be available in both English and Welsh languages

Carers Collection – This collection has been compiled by gathering titles from several areas of the library including health & well-being, building self-esteem, beauty, cookery & spirituality. The collection is intended to support carers in their role and also to help them take care of themselves

Memory Bags for loan – These bags are designed for one to one use with a person affected by dementia. The items contained in the bags can be used to stimulate conversation and reminiscence. Items include films, music, photographs, old adverts, poems and aromas. These have been researched and compiled by Torfaen Libraries, they are free to borrow and loaned for 3 weeks.

Library services – Library at Home is a free, 3 weekly delivery service for customers unable to visit a library for a variety of reasons including ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. They also deliver to care homes in Torfaen.

The Carer’s Card was introduced to encourage carers to borrow books for themselves and the person they care for. It offers a variety of privileges that makes using the library a little easier: generous item count, an extended loan period and no overdue charges.

Shared Reading is a new style of therapeutic reading group that has swept through the UK and other parts of the world. It’s an accessible way of taking a common solitary activity and using it to bring people together’. The groups are relaxed and friendly. Books and poetry are read aloud with regular breaks for discussion and reminiscence generated by the text. It’s long been regarded that reading aloud and being read to is good for you. Now, there is evidence that it can alleviate the symptoms of mild depression and improve well-being.
Torfaen Libraries has embraced Shared Reading and has 4 trained and accredited Shared Reading Group Facilitators. To date they run 9 Groups. Two of which were set up in partnership with Age Connects Torfaen, three groups support local mental health services and another group has been established at an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe. They also have groups at local residential and nursing homes.

Read to Me is a service that strives to combat isolation and loneliness in those who are unable to get to Shared Reading groups due to ill-health and mobility issues. It’s a volunteer-led service that takes shared reading into the home and is delivered weekly on a one to one basis. It provides; the enjoyment of books, the opportunity to talk about what’s being read, the pleasure of good company & someone to talk to.

Health & Wellbeing Information & Support Service Torfaen libraries provide lots of free information about anything to do with health and wellbeing including:
• Leaflets and other resources that can be taken away for free
• Books that can be borrowed
• Free internet access

Additionally, they offer a more person centred approach through providing a health & wellbeing information and support service. This is delivered from the Health and Wellbeing Hub in Cwmbran Library with Health and Wellbeing Information Points at Blaenavon and Pontypool Libraries.

They offer free, confidential 1:1 sessions where we listen to people‘s health and wellbeing queries. Thereby providing
• Someone to talk to
• Help with finding and understanding health-related information
• Benefits awareness
• Effective sign-posting to local services & support groups
• Guided access to trusted internet sites
• Awareness of special book collections

We look forward to seeing you here at Cwmbran Centre on 15th May.

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