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Poetry & Dementia

Reading poetry aloud to people with dementia can have a positive impact on their mental wellbeing. It can improve mood, encourage social interaction, unearth lost memories and spark imagination. We have enjoyed ‘shared reading’ sessions at our own dementia cafés and our clients even wrote some of their own poems. We started them off with a simple exercise: write down the name of your favourite place, colour, flower and season and a feeling or emotion. For example: Spain, green, tulips, summer and joy. Then build a poem around these words. Check out some of our clients’ poems below!


La Brea by A Trinidian

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Brea is the place of my birth
I always think of La Brea and the blue sea
Blue is my favourite colour and I think of
when I was a child and going for a swim

Summer is lovely, bright and hot
With all the pink coronation flowers
I pick for mother
It’s good to be home when I can swim
In that lovely, blue sea


Bluebells by A Londoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked through London parks the other day
I looked up and all seemed blue
With beautiful bluebells on the ground around
I felt the sadness as the day came to a close Read More

Service Update

We regret to announce that due to the early termination of funding, our Kensal Green Dementia Café will be ending on Friday 31st May. Our Kingsbury Dementia Café at Hay Lane which takes place on Wednesday afternoons will continue. If you would like any further details, please contact Lynn Burling, Dementia Café Project Manager on 0208 968 8170 or email: lynnb@eldersvoice.org.uk.

 

Garfield Weston awards Elders Voice £40,000

Elders Voice has been awarded £40,000 from one of the UK’s largest charitable funders. The funding will enable us to buy a brand new van for our Handyperson service. The Garfield Weston Foundation says small community charities are rising to the challenge of facing unprecedented demand for their services by being proactive and innovative.

The Weston Anniversary Fund was launched earlier this year to provide funding to charities to improve their existing facilities or provide new ones as part of the Foundation’s 60th year. The Trustees took the decision to more than double the fund after receiving over 2,300 applications, with over 60% from charities that have never applied to them before.

Jenny Davison, Chief Executive of Elders Voice says:

“Many thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation. This funding will enable us to run the Handyperson service – a very popular and essential service in the borough – in a more efficient way. We shall be able to reduce our waiting list and make the service more responsive to peoples’ needs.” Read More

Getting Older by Anonymous

This poem was written by a friend of Elders Voice who wished to remain anonymous – we’re not sure why though – we think she has a brilliant way with words!

 

Take the weight off your feet

Local community group KOVE have secured funding for four new benches on Kilburn High Road and they want your advice on where to put them! 

Two Haiku by Jenny Davison

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a charity CEO? Well wonder no more! Our very own Chief Executive, Jenny Davison, has summed up the experience in not one but two haiku. A haiku is a non-rhyming Japanese poem, with three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables. Why not try writing your own and send us the results? For subject ideas download the Community Blog leaflet here.

GP access within 48 hours

Did you know that you can get a GP appointment if you need one within 48 hours or outside of your GP normal opening hours? If your GP practice does not have a quick enough appointment for you, they can book you in to see a GP or a nurse at a nearby GP access hub. You can find more information about GP access hubs, your nearest one and their opening times here.

We still hear from people that it takes weeks to get a GP appointment – so please share your experiences and thoughts with Ian Niven on 0208 912 5831 or email ian.niven@healthwatchbrent.co.uk.

A Comment on Intergenerational Contact by Oskar Knight

For many young adults such as myself, visiting your grandparents is just about the only scenario in which you would spend any substantial amount of time interacting with older people. I am fortunate in the sense that I can still visit my grandparents today, at the age of 21, and can easily recall fond childhood memories spent with them. I am also fortunate because despite both being over the age of eighty, my grandparents are still fairly mobile, and remain as sharp and witty as ever.

However, the fact that young people’s social contact with older people is almost exclusively reliant upon them interacting with their grandparents can be problematic. Firstly, not all of us are lucky enough to have met our grandparents, or have clear memories of our time with them. This can mean that children have little, if any, meaningful contact with older people during the formative stages of their youth. Consequently, due to their lack of experience, these individuals may remain indifferent towards the oldest in society. As Michael North and Susan Fiske (2012) highlighted, this indifference can simply develop from a lack of education; for example, young people may ‘believe that because older people’s appearance implies certain traits (e.g. lonesome, inferred from droopy eyes; sad, inferred from stooped posture), then they must be that way’.[i] Read More

New dementia garden for Kensal Green

From left to right: Chris Hodge (Director of Shackadelic), Lucie Sporle and Gary Williams.

Our charity has been awarded a donation from the Morrisons Foundation to start creating a dementia garden in Kensal Green. Work will start in autumn, so that older people using the charity’s services can enjoy spring and summer outdoors.

Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice applied to Morrisons Foundation for a small grant after a number of clients who attend Elders Voice Day Centre had expressed their desire to do some gardening. “A vast number of our clients have sundown syndrome, which is a neurological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in people with dementia. My main motivator for this project were the people whom we work with. I wanted to give them the tools and the space to get busy and do something that resonated for them in the past – gardening” says Karolina.

It turned out that one gentlemen who attends our Day Centre on Thursday was a gardener. His sundown syndrome makes him confused and wanting to leave the Day Centre in the early hours of the afternoon. While taking a walk with that client, he told Karolina about plants and when to cut them and how to care for them in general. At that point it became apparent, that this client would hugely benefit from having a safe space to go out to and do some gardening work in. And that’s how the dementia garden project came alive. Read More