Dementia Action Week 16th – 22nd May 2022

Dementia Action Week is an annual campaign that encourages individuals and organisations across the UK to “Act on Dementia” by raising awareness of the support available, sharing information and encouraging early diagnosis.

Carers Trust Solihull will be taking part in the week by providing 4 workshops for carers to help them learn skills and access information to help them in their caring role.

Singing For The Brain

Tuesday 17th May

11am – 12.30pm

Fountains Care Home, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EF

Join us for a singalong led by Alzheimer’s Society

The session will involve a warm-up of body and vocal chords, small items of percussion instruments, singing in a circle, old and new songs with song books. Carer and cared for are both welcome.

Did you know…

Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioural benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

Booking is essential due to limited spaces

To book your space please contact us on 0121 788 1143 or by emailing michellestoddard@solihullcarers.org

Dementia Workshops

led by Dementia Carers Count

Thursday 19th May

Venue: The Bridge, 234 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AG

(Adjacent Shirley car park by Aldi)

10.30am – 12pm – Taking care of yourself as a carer

“Resilience is the way we cope with stress and adversity in life. By learning new ways of thinking, behaving and interacting with others, we develop ways to cope even when life is tough.”

Put another way, resilience is building the ability to make choices when under pressure. Our primitive instincts are designed to protect us and can take over and make decisions for us, but this isn’t always helpful. Resilience gives us the awareness to notice this and the ability to choose how to act rather than a knee jerk reaction.

There are a number of ways we can build resilience that we will discuss in this session.

This session is for your if you would like to:

•             Learn about how resilience can be built to support your well being

•             Gain ideas and strategies to support your own wellbeing

•             Spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe, supportive environment

•             Meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation

1pm – 2.30pm – The hidden challenges of dementia

Memory difficulties are widely known as a dementia symptom, but did you know that there are lots of other challenges people can face as a result of dementia?

These can range from visual changes, problems with planning and organising, difficulty responding appropriately to social cues or changes to sensations such as taste and touch. These challenges can sometimes mean the person experiences stress and distress, and can often be excluded from social situations or shared experiences.

This session introduces the various ways a person with dementia may be affected that you may not have had the opportunity to consider before.

The session is for you if you would like to:

•             Know more about different ways in which a person with dementia can be affected.

•             Spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe and supportive environment.

•             Meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation

3pm – 4.30pm – Visual Changes

This session provides an opportunity to focus specifically on the visual changes that can occur for a person with dementia and the support strategies which can really impact on the well-being of the person and your ability to cope. By understanding the challenges for the person with dementia, this session will provide you with the knowledge that you have the ability and skills to support some of these challenges.

This session is for you if:

•             you would like to learn about how changes in the brain can affect how, and what the person can see and how they may interpret things in the environment

•             you want to spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe, supportive environment

•             you would like to meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation

These workshops are for carers only. Booking any of these workshops above is essential due to limited spaces. Contact 0121 788 1143, email or complete the form below

michellestoddard@solihullcarers.org

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