An Update from Community360
This is an extremely challenging time for so many of us and the health and safety of people affected by dementia and volunteers is a priority. We know that this is a very worrying time for families looking after someone living with dementia.
At various points during the year we celebrate the work of the community, volunteers and unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to act and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Wednesday 22nd April would have been Essex Dementia Day 2020, something we were all looking forward to, celebrating the successes in building a Dementia friendly community. Given the current public health emergency, a decision was taken to postpone this along with Dementia Action Week which usually takes place in May until later in the year.
Although all Dementia Friends Information Sessions (DFIS) are suspended until further notice. This includes Open DFIS hosted by Community360. The Alzheimer’s Society are currently investigating ways to deliver DFIS remotely via video calling, live streaming or webinar platforms.
The safety and wellbeing of individuals and the protection of our community, its most vulnerable residents, must be an absolute priority for all of us right now. The weeks ahead are going to be challenging. But there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person with dementia, during this time.
Dementia UK has some great resources on their website from questions and answers on Covid-19, advice for families looking after someone living with Dementia, downloadable leaflets and a telephone helpline. https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Alzheimer’s Society also has advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them during Covid-19 – either in the same household or from a distance. Visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19
or find out more about some of their activities, such as Singing for the Brain on 30th April by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/224767148793291/
They will update this information regularly on their website, including details about how Alzheimer’s Society can help. This will provide support to help you get through this difficult time. The Colchester Dementia Action Alliance has now over 70 members who are being supporting in our community.
The Alzheimer’s Society Essex Community Dementia Support Service can be contacted on: 01245 260911 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)
CLICK HERE Dementia Services 22042020 updated for a list of Dementia Services