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Welcome to Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia

Help for dementia sufferers & their carers

If you are in any doubt as to why the work of REPoD is important and why we need your support, read this BBC News item and this one and this report by The Guardian.

Young Onset Dementia

Diagnosis of this condition is horrific at any age, but at an earlier age the impact is significantly different.  People may have mortgages or financial responsibilities, raising children and are still working.  It has been found that people can't access the care or support they need for their age range with the focus mainly being on elderly people.  YoungDementia UK realises the importance to get more support across the UK and it is our mission to change the lives of people affected by young onset dementia and help them to live life well.

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Sheila Wainwright of the Rotary Club of Wakefield has set up a project to provide Robocats to people suffering with Dementia, typically living in care homes.  These are proving to be of great comfort to their recipients. For more information on Robocats, see this article from North Wales News.

Many congratulations to Thatcham Rotary

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They collected £250 in the RED Box over Christmas.  The money raised will be going straight to Alzheimer's Research UK.  Well done guys you currently hold the record for the largest individual donation via the RED Box scheme run in partnership with ARUK.

The RED Box - Have you got yours?

REPoD has launched its Rotarians Eliminating Dementia (RED) Boxes in support of Alzheimer's Research UK (see below).  The idea is that each club has these boxes and at the end of a meeting, members place their loose change in the box and by doing so, help to build a fund which we can then pass on to Alzheimer's Research UK.

Tavistock's Sensory Garden

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Tavistock Community Sensory Garden is a 'Garden for Life', a £35,000 dementia friendly project that stimulates all the senses; sight, smell, touch and taste alongside a petanque court that provides exercise, fun, and companionship.

The project is a tribute to the vision, hard work and generosity of three key community groups in Tavistock - Rotary, Lions and Roots to Transition who, together with the Town Council, have been working tirelessly for the past three years to bring this project to fruition.

The garden was opened in December by its patron Angela Rippon CBE.

RIBI Campions of Change Awards

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Supporting people living with dementia was a key part of this year's RIBI Champions of Change Awards held at the House of Lords on April 26th.

REPoD Chair Geri Parlby from Tavistock Rotary Club and Janet Cooke from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons both received awards for their dementia work.

Janet has worked tirelessly to make Peterborough a leading city when it comes to improving the lives of those suffering from dementia.  She helped to form the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance, achieve £1.5 million worth of funding for a Dementia Resource Centre and started up Peterborough's very own Rotary Memory Café.

Photo from left to right RIBI President Eve Conway, the Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond, Geri Parlby and Janet Cooke.

Dementia Friends Champion

Our newest REPoD Representative, Diane Marsh, is a Dementia Friends Champion and she has just recruited two more people to become champions, one of whom is a Rotarian like herself.

Find out more about Dementia Friends Champions and how you could become one by going to this web site.

Admiral Nurses

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Admiral Nurses are specialized Dementia Nurses trained and provided by Dementia UK.  Whether they are available in your part of the country is, unfortunately, something of a post code lottery.  Much more funding is required to provide nationwide coverage of these very special people.  Go to the Dementia UK web site to read more about them and how you can help.

If the person you are caring for has military connections, then it is worth contacting the British Legion to see if they can help with the provision of one of these nurses.

Purple Angels

purple-angel-logo (11K)REPoD is delighted to support the Purple Angel Campaign and hopes that Rotary Clubs will link up with Angels in their area to raise awareness of dementia and help turn their town into a dementia friendly community.  Find out more about The Purple Angels.

Sometimes - simple ideas are the best

If someone you are caring for is faced with a hospital stay, consider promoting this idea.

Fidget Quilts & Twiddlemuffs

Fidget Quilts are a great oportunity for members of the Inner Wheel, WI, local quilters groups, etc., to get involved in producing these quick & simple but highly useful item for someone suffering with dementia.  They can easily and simply be tailored for the individual concerened  Download this .pdf file for more info.

Twiddlemuffs are another great idea in a similar vein as Fidget Quilts.  The concept has found its way to us by way of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.  If you are a knitter or know someone who is, the you should download this .pdf file for more details.

Rotarians & Interact - National Success

This is terrific news and should be an inspiration to Rotarians and Interact clubs everywhere.  Our congratulations go out to them for winning this national award.  Read more on our Rotarians in action web page.

Prime Minister's Dementia Champions' Group

We (REPoD) are proud to announce that our Chairperson, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been invited to join a sub group of the Prime Minister's Dementia Champions' Group.  She will be sitting on the 'Civil Society and Voluntary Organisations sub group on Dementia Friendly Communities'.

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)

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REPoD is proud to be associated with this worldwide federation of Alzheimer's associations, which supports people with dementia and their families.

Read ADI's global review of Dementia Friendly Communities

MHA - Live at Home

REPoD is currently talking with MHA to see how we can combine resources in order to improve and enhance the ability of sufferes and their carers to remain in their own homes.  Find out more about the MHA.

Alzheimer's Research UK

REPoD is pleased to support and encourage the support of Alzheimer's Research UK.  The UK's premier dementia research organisation.

See their April Update newsletter.

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No other Dementia charity puts as much money into dementia research as Alzheimer's Research UK and this year they want to double what they spend.  They have come up with a very helpful handy book of fund-raising ideas.  Take a look at their web site and see if your club can get involved in finding ways to beat this devastating disease.

There is a recently released publication entitled, 'Alzheimer's in the news - fear and fascination'.  This publication aims to present the facts behind many of the news stories that appear in the various media.  In doing so it is hoped that the reader will be better able to assess the true nature of the problem and how it might effect them.  Download this publication (4.87MB) as a PDF file.

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NHS Dental Fines Scandal

An NHS automated system has been incorrectly fining people with dementia.  Read the full article here on the BBC News website.

Barnstaple Link Rotary Club

The club is launching a new project to help people with dementia which will complement the activities of Barnstaple's Memory Café.  Read more...

MHA launch Joyce's Music Video

MHA have launched Joyce's music video on YouTube showing the power of music therapy in helping people with dementia.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Various bodies, both government and others are promoting the setting up of dementia friendly communities.  To see what's involved and how you can be part of it, go to our dementia friendly communities page.  You can also read this PDF document (1.5MB)

Service Above Self

It is with much pleasure that we announce that the Chair of REPoD, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been awarded the 'Rotary International Service above Self Award' for her outstanding contributions to the REPoD effort over the 6 years since its inception.  We feel that all who know her will feel that this award was well deserved.

Hands across the water

The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK.  Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.

Dementia Adventure

Looking for a break / holiday for someone you care for or yourself - then take a look at this web site.

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