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DCSS Volunteers at Addenbrookes Dementia Awareness Day

Gillian, Sara, Edye, Brian, Julia, Maggie and Barry

Last week, I joined the other volunteers helping to staff the dementia awareness table at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  This has been an on-going effort to have advice and information available to both hospital staff and visitors about dementia services both in the hospital and in the community.  We had a good selection of community services there last week including Dementia Compass, the Dementia Carers’ Support Service and Alzheimer’s Society along with Sara, Maria and Adrian who organise and support the day.  I have written about the awareness days before, so I won’t go into detail about the impact, instead I’ll just say that it’s really good to have the variety of expertise at the table and lovely to see it benefit the public.

The next dementia awareness days at Addenbrooke’s: 25 July, 12 September and 14 November.

 

 

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The night … something happened

but-then-something-happened-everyday-dementia-lrgLast week I had the pleasure of attending Chris Carling’s book event at our local Heffer’s Book Shop. Chris has written But Then Something Happened, an account of her caring for both her parents — her mother with Alzheimer’s disease and her father with vascular dementia.  I had reserved a seat in advance for the meeting and really wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since it had rained so hard throughout the day … would people come?  Well, they did and it was standing room only.  A testimony to Chris’ strong spirit and charisma as well as the importance of the topic.

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Still Caring Lunch Club – June Meeting

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I am looking forward to our next Still Caring lunch meeting on 12 June when we will hear from the director of our local hearing loss campaigning charity — CAMTAD.  Frances Dewhurst will join us for lunch then speak briefly to us about the current understanding of hearing loss and she has kindly agreed to take questions.  If you would like to know about CAMTAD, you can access more information on their website.

This is our fifth lunch meeting and I’ve really enjoyed meeting the carers who have joined us. It’s a lovely group and the feedback I’ve received from attendees has been really read more…

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