DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK May 19 to 26 2013
"Talking Changes Everything.
Worrying Changes Nothing."
Find out more about dementia at events to mark Dementia Awareness Week in East and West Wiltshire.
On Monday, our Alzheimer Cafe in Melksham meets at 3.45pm at the Arts House Cafe. Anyone affected by dementia is welcome to come along for information and advice on all aspects of living with dementia, a chance to meet others 'in the same boat' and delicious tea and cakes.. Find out more about reading groups for people with dementia. Call 01225 776481 if you woud like to attend.
On Wednesday, come along to meet our new dementia advisers at County Hall, Trowbridge. They will be in the Atrium from 10am to 12noon for informal advice.
On Thursday, our Singing for the Brain group in Lockeridge is hosting a coffee morning before the regular singing group. All welcome. Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge, from 10am.
Also on Thursday morning, Alzheimer's Support staff and volunteers will be at Devizes library to talk about dementia and the importance of a timely diagnosis. Drop in to chat about any memory worries you may have and find out more about the differences between normal ageing and dementia.
Finally on Thursday, members of the West Wilts Community Club will be finding our more about dementia at an awareness-raising event in Trowbridge.
Our Envelope Collection is taking place all week across East and West Wiltshire. Please give generously if you receive an envelope through your letterbox. We need to raise £250,000 this year to keep our services running. .
Need advice about dementia in Wiltshire?
Our new dementia advisers are on hand to offer advice on accessing services, support and benefits at every stage of your dementia journey.
The four are based in GP surgeries aross East and West Wiltshire and can make home visits. After an initial meeting, they will keep in telephone contact at least every six months to ensure people are getting the support they need.
Click here for details of your adviser.
The Dementia Adviser service is funded by the new Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council.
Early Diagnosis Project underway for 2013
Our Comic Relief-funded project to raise awareness of the importance of an early diagnosis is now getting underway in GP surgeries across East and West Wiltshire.
If you would like to become a Memory Awareness Volunteer, or to find out more, email Annie Clayton or contact her on 01225 776481.
The project follows our survey into Barriers to Diagnosis in Wiltshire. Click to download the full report
See our campaigns page for more detail on the research.
Our Spring newsletter is now out
Click to download or call 01225 776481 if you would like a copy posted to you.
Praise from care regulator
Alzheimer's Support has received a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission for the care it provides to people with dementia in Wiltshire.
We were inspected just before Christmas and were told we are meeting all the standards and have no changes to make.
Click here to see the full Inspection report
Click here to download Wiltshire Council's handbook for those caring for someone with dementia. If you would prefer a copy to be sent in the post, call 0300 4560111