1 in 14 people over 65 in the UK now suffer with Dementia so many families and friends are looking for support and advice to help with their loved ones.
Last week it was Dementia Action (Awareness) Week so at the newly formed Memory Cafe based at the Christ Church Centre in Henley Kate Hampton a Dementia Adviser from Dementia Oxfordshire was on hand to give people advice and to talk about the services they can offer. Dementia Oxfordshire is a partnership between three local charities, Age UK Oxfordshire, Guideposts and YoungDementia UK, who are bringing together their specialist expertise to develop and deliver a new Dementia Support Service for people of all ages.
The Memory Cafe started last month after the Bluebells Community Club closed due to funding cuts. It is open to people living with dementia and their families or carers and meets every Wednesday between 10.30-12.00. Last Wednesday members were enjoying a song title and celebrity photo quizzes.
With the recent incident of Beryl Flynn who suffers with Dementia and went missing after leaving church a few weeks ago it really highlights the needs to understand this terrible illness and be able to offer support and care for people who are living with it.
Kate said, “We know that people are very nervous and emotional when they are faced with the diagnosis. We are very sensitive to this and treat every case as an individual and offer support and advice around the individual needs. We are very flexible too and can be contacted any time. It might be that someone just wants advice to start with and in the future would like more support and to take up some of our services which include adaptations for your home, respite care etc. We try to help people live as normal life as possible and to keep the fun going.”
Kate hopes to make a regular monthly visit to the Memory Cafe. We will publish further dates when they become available.
For more details about Dementia Oxfordshire go to www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk/