Judging by the level of activity on Twitter, Dementia Awareness Week has been a great success! We hear so much about the “demographic timebomb” of dementia that it has been really heartening to learn of so much good practice and so many fantastic resources.
I have been hosting a series of “in my shoes” guest blogposts throughout the week and have had some excellent contributions from a very wide range of people and perspectives. Although the “awareness week” has officially ended, the need to raise awareness goes on.
I am therefore planning to continue the series and have some great posts lined up for the coming week(s!)
This is a round up of Week 1:
Day 1: Introduction to Dementia Awareness week
My own story and what I am trying to achieve by this series
Antonia gives the example of working on a practical booklet for carers and how it made her feel closer to the people with dementia that she serves
Penny talks us through a week in her life, with the constant theme of getting people not just to think about dementia but to feel a little of what it must be like
Key resources: Article: Supporting the friendships of people with dementia; Inspiring video: Gladys Wilson film by Naomi Feil.
Karim proposes a very practical solution to reinforce the important lesson that dementia awareness starts in school!
Key resources: A free online user-friendly downloadable teaching aid to raise awareness of dementia aimed at year 8 secondary school pupils, comprising: a film, a PowerPoint presentation and 2 lesson plans. Four films on their award-winning digital platform ‘NHS Local’ capture the benefits.
Belinda is Dementia Carer of the Year and has a lot of very practical ideas to share such as the concept of “Dementia Detectives”
Day 6: My Whose Shoes? workshop with the Dementia Champions group in Stockport
including introducing the EDUCATERS – putting “Experts by experience” at the centre of dementia training