Archive for March, 2013

Vital Message in a Bottle

Message in a BottleMessage in a bottle is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their personal and medical details in a common place where they can be easily found in an emergency.  It is a free scheme for any vulnerable person.  This information is kept in a special plastic bottle.  The bottle is kept in the fridge where the emergency services will expect to find it in the event of being called to your home.  Locally, the Message in a Bottle scheme is run by the Rotary Club (Tel: 01446 731120) or Lions (see  We also have supplies of the bottles here at Crossroads if you would like to pick one up.


Wales has lowest diagnosis rates for dementia

old age careWales has the lowest diagnosis rates for dementia compared to the rest of the UK, according to new figures released by a leading charity.  Statistics from the Alzheimer’s Society show that just 38.5% of sufferers in Wales received a formal diagnosis in 2012, compared to 64.4% in Scotland, 44.2% of people in England and 63% in Northern Ireland. The charity said that the number of people diagnosed with the condition in Wales had increased by 800 to 17,000 in the past year. But they said they estimated another 27,000 people are living with the condition but have not been diagnosed.

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Comedians become Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends LogoComedians Jo Brand and Meera Syal have become two of England’s first ‘dementia friends’, in an initiative launched by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to become one too. The scheme aims to reach one million people in England by 2015 with free information sessions exploring what it is like to live with the condition.

The £2.4m project is supported by the government and funded by the department of health and cabinet office.  The Alzheimer’s Society says around 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.  One in three people over the age of 65 will go on to develop the condition. The organisation wants the volunteer-led sessions, taking place in workplaces and town halls across the country, to “change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts”.

The Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans for the initiative in November last year, saying awareness of the condition was “shockingly low”.

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