We kicked off the *new* Still Caring Lunch Club in February with a good group of interested carers keen to shape the Club into something worthwhile and sustainable. Sally Kitchin and I heard about potential interests and directions the group could go and I am now arranging speakers for upcoming lunches.
One of the issues brought forth was hospital care, which runs in parallel to current improvements in Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s care of patients who have dementia or are experiencing delirium during their hospital stay. So, I’m pleased to announce that the first speaker scheduled for the Still Caring Lunch Club is Dr. Claire Nicholl.
Dr. Nicholl is a consultant physician in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) and has been the co-lead for Addenbrooke’s dementia strategy group. She has been instrumental in introducing a new assessment tool to identify dementia in new patients, strengthening staff training around dementia, increasing awareness throughout the hospital and improving care standards on the wards. She has kindly agreed to be interviewed by me. I welcome advanced questions from carers who plan to attend.
If you are interested in attending this lunch, please note that bookings are essential and can be made either via the form below or by ringing 07876 350 638. The deadline for bookings is Friday, 8 March at 5pm.
If you would like to share this opportunity with others in your community, please feel free to print off this flyer. You can do so by double-clicking on the the green print here: Still Caring Flyer – March
This is just a brief update to anyone who may be considering our upcoming Portals to the World art appreciation course.
We have a couple of spaces remaining for this course!
Starting next week we will meet weekly for nine weeks, first to gather in one of the galleries for a short talk by a Museum staff member which is followed by a hands-on experience, either handling related art objects or a practical art activity. This cultural journey is a collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum and supports people living with dementia: both the person with memory challenges and his or her care partner. We have built on the Museum’s ten years of experience and commitment working with people with dementia, added the expertise of dementiaCOMPASS and incorporated recent evidence of the value of social opportunities and art experience to develop a dynamic and enjoyable experience for both care partners.
FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL, please ring 01223 332 993.
If you would like more information about the February course or to register, please contact us at dementiaCOMPASS on 07876 350 638 or ring the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Education and Outreach office on 01223 332 993.