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Supporting Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses

On 24th October, Rachel Johnstone from Dementia UK gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Nailsea & Backwell on the subject of Dementia and the work of Admiral Nurses.

Support for their invaluable work is this years President's charity.

The nurses are also being supported by the Rotary Club of Oakhampton

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Robocats

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The Rotary Club of Wakefield has set up a project to purchase these robotic cats direct from Ageless Inovation in the USA and donate them to people suffereing with dementia, their carers and also people living in social isolation.

You can make a real difference to a person's life by purchasing and donating one of these pets either to an individual or care home.

For more information, visit the Wakfield Club's website.

See also the October 2019 issue of 'Your Cat', the UK's best-selling cat magazine.  Here you will find details of how they are working alongside the Wakefield Club to raise money to purchase and distribute the cats.

Music Mends Minds

Music Mends Minds is a not for profit organisation started in the USA in 2014 creating musical support group bands for patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Dementia, and Parkinson's, as well as traumatic brain injury, stroke, and PTSD.  MMM was created by Los Angeles based carer Carol Rosenstein after her husband's life was transformed when he started to play the piano again despite being diagnosed with both Parkinson's and dementia.

Carol was amazed to discover that although people with dementia may forget certain melodic content of songs, their ability to play their musical instrument seems to be unforgettable.

"Our doctor explained that playing the piano caused Irwin to release dopamine, and that was giving him the lift. ... I realized then that no medication was more powerful than music", she explained.

The experience led Carol to start a band for Irwin and other people who have neurodegenerative diseases.  The band called itself The 5th Dementia and since then Music Mends Minds has created 20 bands across the USA.

MMM is supported by Rotary International in the USA and Carol has now reached out to other Rotary Clubs internationally.  The first Rotary Club in Great Britain and Ireland to take up the call is Tavistock Club in Devon who are working with Home Instead Senior Care to run the UK's first Music Mends Minds sessions.