Archive for July, 2010

Words of encouragement & increasing funds inspire Jo’s training as the going gets tough

I would like to thank everyone who has been so generous in sponsoring me for the Snowdonia Marathon on 30th October. Over £700 has been raised so far, a fantastic start to the fundraising.

All monies raised will be used to provide support to carers in the Vale of Glamorgan and their dependent relatives who suffer with dementia.

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Carers dodge the storm to visit Flat Holm island

Waiting to board the 'Lewis Alexander'

A group of Crossroads Care in the Vale’s carers and their dependent relatives braved the elements for a boat ride to Flat Holm island in the Bristol Channel on 20th July.

The trip was organised following a presentation in May to Crossroads Care’s Penarth Social Group on the history and wildlife of the island by Glyn Jones of the Flat Holm Project. Members of the group were so inspired by Glyn’s talk that Jo Hendry, the group coordinator, organised the outing.

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Life Journey Albums bring the past to life for clients with dementia

Olwen with her life journey album

For many people suffering with dementia, the short-term memory is often greatly affected, whilst long-term memories can remain strong and intact. The dementia sufferer can feel much more confident recalling events from their distant past, such as school days, especially if the present makes little sense to them.

With this in mind, Crossroads Care in the Vale has launched the ‘Life Journey Album’, a book where clients with dementia can record their past, with guidance from their family carer.

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Alzheimer’s Society launch 2010 Dementia Awareness Week

Sunday 4th July sees the launch of Dementia Awareness Week by the Alzheimer’s Society, and the theme this year is ‘Remember the Person’. There are 750,000 people in the UK who suffer with dementia, and many more people with confusion and memory loss never receive a diagnosis. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form, but there are around 100 different types of dementia. As well as memory loss, sufferers may experience communication difficulties and display uninhibited and out of character behaviour.

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