Carers support

Is that spring in the air?

As I write this, it feels like spring is just ahead for us so it just makes sense to give you a sense of what’s ahead for Dementia Compass too.  Should I pause here so you can find your diary?

Next week, our Still Caring Lunch Club will meet and welcome Julie Philps.  Julie is a research nurse in our local DeNDRoN research network; she’ll be updating us on the local research happenings, hers as well as others.  If you’re interested, there’s still time to book.  Last orders on Monday at 12noon with the lunch on Wednesday, 12:30 for 1pm.

d'music'a fulbourn-1Also on Wednesday, the d’music’a choir members will rehearse once more before their spring concert on Friday night at 8pm.  If you’re a fan of the musical Oliver! this is one not to miss.  The doors open at 7:30 and our free concert will start at 8pm.  It’s cafe style this time, so plan to stay for refreshments afterwards.  (We won’t host another choir at this concert, so you’ll be home sooner than usual.)

caring2 imageOn the following Tuesday (17 March), we will host the Caring 2. evening meeting at the Future Business Centre and welcome Anne Streather of CamSight as our speaker.  Anne is bringing along equipment to share that CamSight offers to support individuals with a vision impairment and she’ll talk to us about how CamSight works, vision issues present for older adults and some emerging findings about dementia and vision in Cambridgeshire. If you support an individual(s) with a dementia, you are welcome to attend.  We encourage pre-booking to keep our costs down.  The first Caring 2. event you attend if free.

Finally, we’re co-hosting In Mind and Body conference on Friday, 17 April which we’ll be publicising more about on the website over the next few days.   I’ll leave you with that and wish you a fabulous weekend!

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When do you know you’re a carer?

caring 2 headercaring 2 headerWe’ve started a new programme this year called Caring 2.  It is an extension of another programme we host called Still Caring which is a lunch club that offers support, outreach and skills to (primarily) husbands and wives who actively care for or have once cared for loved ones with a dementia diagnosis. This new programme extends similar resources to working adult carers those who cannot take time off from their day commitments to make the lunch. read more…


Sitting is the New Smoking

I read a large number of health news alerts, updates and research results related to dementia, ageing science, and public health and I have to confess this new slogan for highlighting the dangers of sedentary behaviour caught me off guard.

I think the reason ‘Sitting is the New Smoking’ is so powerful for me is that it identifies how invisible the negative impact of sitting is.  We, including me too, have a difficult time imagining that sitting more is read more…