Author Archives: Edye Hoffmann

Upcoming events & the community calendar

If you haven’t noticed yet, we have a new interactive community calendar available on our website which is aimed at individuals living with dementia as well as supporting health and social care professionals.  I’d like to draw your attention to some upcoming events that have been recently posted:

Next week, the University Campus Suffolk hosts the Innovations in Dementia conference.  This is a regional event highlighting some of the latest trends and opportunities supporting living well with dementia.  I will be presenting on the skills and techniques we use at dementiaCOMPASS around successful exercise participation for individuals with dementia which is in line with some research and programming happening in Suffolk this summer.  I’m also excited to say that BeneBoost will make its debut there with sample packs offered to all conference participants. Wednesday, 17 July

The following day, we’re looking forward to our d’music’a summer concert.  This is our ninth public concert — Wow! We’ve been singing for three years and we just get better and better.  Join us for our free concert. Thursday, 18 July

In August our activities take a break and we host a series of days out instead.  We’re looking forward to our annual cream tea on the riverboat Georgina when we’ll travel along the River Cam for two hours and enjoy the lovely views from the river. Wednesday, 7 August

We’re welcoming newcomers to our Portals to the World taster session where participants can decide whether they would like to participate in our upcoming Portals course starting in September and lasting nine weeks. Thursday, 15 August

Following that, we’ll gather at the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge for lunch and a wander through the stunning gardens. Wednesday, 21 August.

Additionally, we have added regularly offered support groups happening around Cambridgeshire, so do take a look around the calendar for other opportunities that might interest you.

Hope to see you soon!





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Greetings from d’music’a choir!

July 2013 concert inviteWhen I was invited to join d’music’a as a volunteer singer I was nervous, and somewhat embarrassed, fearing that my aging treble would add little to the overall quality of the music!  However, the warmth of greeting and the general atmosphere of good humour and enjoyment of that first practice session soon dispelled my fears, and I came away on a positive ‘high’ of a new and exhilarating experience.

How does one describe our choir practices?  Firstly, of course, there is the ever-friendly and charming presence of Edye Hoffmann, our founder, mentor and driving force.  She is always at the door to greet those experiencing memory problems, their supporters and partners, and newcomers like myself; everyone is happy to see her.  We are also glad to greet each other, and it is especially good to receive a hug from one of our members whose memories are failing in many ways.  As Edye herself has pointed out in previous issues of our village magazine, The Mill, there is absolutely no doubt that those inflicted by this insidious illness really do love to sing, and that music really is one of the last senses to be affected.  This is so evident at rehearsals, where one can witness the pleasure that singing gives to each and every one of us, fit or unwell.

We are, of course, blessed by the gifted and skilled direction of Martin Herrick, and the wonderful talent of David, our pianist.  In all, d’music’a is a positive, instructive and, above all, exhilarating experience for us all.  And, as we work towards our concert, our enthusiasm grows.  At the moment we are having fun with Gilbert and Sullivan and The Beatles, and our next concert will be on 18th July at 8pm in the Townley Memorial Hall in Fulbourn.  Entrance is free, but contributions towards tea, coffee and biscuits help to keep d’music’a alive and running.  Do come along and help Edye to continue to support people living with dementia and their ever-loving carers alike.  I promise you won’t regret it as you find yourself singing along to old familiar tunes.  We aim to make Fulbourn a more dementia-friendly community, and we hope you will join us at the concert to that end, as well as to enjoy a really good evening!

Written by Jo Marchant for the July edition of The Mill, Fulbourn’s village magazine.

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An alternative way of keeping up with the NHS.

Alternative NHS guide-Kings Fund

Recent changes in the NHS framework have left many of us struggling to keep up.  Below is a brilliant animated guide (six and a half minute video) produced by the Kings Fund that walks us through the health systems as they are meant to support England.

Further resources can be found on the King’s Fund website.

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