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Dementia Cafés Update

We are happy to announce a further extension of our Dementia Cafés until January 2020. This means our café members will continue to receive support, advice and respite for two hours every week. For more information about our Dementia Cafés, please call Lynn Burling on 0208 968 8170 or click here.

 

Healthwatch Brent

Healthwatch Brent is a statutory organisation which champions the voice of patients and carers locally. The organisation works to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Healthwatch Brent’s vision is that: “Brent residents can contribute to the development of quality health and social care services in Brent.”

Healthwatch Brent are involved in running, co-ordinating and supporting events, projects and activities. It gathers information and feedback from patients and service-users. So, have your say on healthcare in Brent and contact Healthwatch Brent today!

Contact details: www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk / info@healthwatchbrent.co.uk.  Information & Signposting: 020 3598 6414 / Office: 020 8912 5831.

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In Rude Health

Inspired by Calendar Girls and born out of a desire to increase unrestricted funding; In Rude Health is a fundraising calendar dreamt up by Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice. In addition to raising money for Elders Voice, the calendar also aims to challenge stereotypes around ageing and change the public’s perception of age. Adorning the calendar months are a bevy of nude models including London based dancer Christopher Dunham, Founder of Bolder Voices Clair Chapwell and upcoming stand-up comedian Walter McLaren. The models were photographed by the amazingly talented Liam Young, who managed to capture the spirit of the campaign in every shot and coax out a cheeky but tasteful pose from each individual. We are forever grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and daring to bare for a good cause. We hope In Rude Health will make you smile and maybe even blush but above all we hope it will inspire you to be bold at any age! To buy your copy of In Rude Health and help support older people in Brent, please click here.

An Intergenerational Adventure!

During the month of April our Day Centre clients embarked on an intergenerational adventure with pupils from Newfield Primary School. In partnership with The Music Project, we hosted a weekly music session in which pupils visited our Day Centre and sang & danced with our clients. The musical repertoire included old favourites like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”, which were sung with oomph & gusto and accompanied by the shaking of maracas & tambourines! The pupils’ infectious energy had a magical effect on our clients, some of whom have dementia, and by the end of each session there was a renewed sense of vitality and openness. In the very first session, the pupils gravitated towards Justin (a keen dancer) and Mary (a keen singer), and apparently talked about them with fervour on the journey home. The final session was held at Newfield Primary School in which the pupils and clients performed the songs they had been practising to the rest of the school. It was a riotous occasion with tea and cake at the end and a chance to say a fond farewell. This project not only enriched the present for some of our clients but also gave both children and adults the opportunity to discover a world beyond themselves.
Amongst many other positive outcomes; intergenerational contact can strengthen communities and improve attitudes towards ageing, so we thank The Music Project and Newfield Primary School for bringing this project to life and inviting Elders Voice to be involved. We look forward to more intergenerational adventures in the future!

 

Some good news

We previously reported that due to the early termination of funding, our Kensal Green Dementia Café would be closing at the end of May. Fortunately we have been able to extend the Kensal Green Café, which will now run until Friday 27th September. 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.

 

Enjoy new pursuits

We are planning to expand our timetable of groups & activities and would like to know what older people in Brent would like to see on offer. Perhaps you would like to learn French, join a book club or play Bridge? Complete our short survey here and help us shape our future offering!

Yoga Connects: Battling Dementia & Celebrating Life

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In January 2018, thanks to funding from Wembley National Stadium Trust and The Aziz Foundation, Elders Voice began to deliver a one year pilot study project named Yoga Connects: Battling Dementia and Celebrating Life with Yoga. 45 weekly classes took place at Elders Voice in Kensal Green with short breaks in between to account for holiday and festive periods. In total, 53 people took part in this pilot project throughout the whole year.

Methods
Statistical data has been obtained in two ways. Three questionnaires were handed out to participants and/or their immediate carers/relatives. In situations where we couldn’t obtain relatives’ feedback, care workers were asked for help. The care workers’ feedback was subjective and based on their observations over the course of the year. The first questionnaire helped us establish a starting point for each client, in terms of their mental and physical health, so we could compare future findings with earlier data and track our clients’ progress. Read More

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.