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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

Elders Voice Monday Club by Christopher Dunham

We recently unearthed a poem written by Christopher Dunham, Chair of Trustees, over 15 years ago when he volunteered in the Elders Voice Day Centre. A lot has changed since then and Chris has played a big part in this, so we thought it apt to open our blog with his poem.

 

New flooring for Clubhouse & Rainbow Room

We have been fortunate to secure funding from the Brent Community Infrastructure Levy, to spend on new flooring in the Elders Voice Clubhouse and Rainbow Room. Currently home to the Elders Voice Day Centre, Dementia Café and Exercise & Activity Programme, the Clubhouse is a much loved and much used space. Flooded with natural light through its south facing windows, and furnished with soft seating, a piano and kitchenette, it is agreed by all to be a warm and welcoming community hub. The Rainbow Room, named after its colourful curtains, is a break-out space adjoining the Clubhouse. Smaller in size, the Rainbow Room is where the Day Centre clients take their lunch and enjoy arts & crafts. It is also home to Bolder Voices’ choir practise and a dementia carers’ support group.

The new flooring will be installed by the New Year and we want your help rebranding the space! “Clubhouse” and “Rainbow Room” have served us well but we think once the flooring is laid these spaces deserve new names. Submit your ideas to info@eldersvoice.org.uk with “Name Ideas” in the subject line. Names will be selected and announced by January 2019, so you have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing.

Get Involved!

We have launched a community blog and would love for you to be involved. See below for details.

 

Research project seeks women over 70

If you are a woman aged 70 or over who has lived in the same home for 30 years, perhaps you would be interested in taking part in a research project? See below for more information.

 

Elders Voice celebrates 25 years

This year is our 25th anniversary and to celebrate we hosted a street party. The party was attended by our clients, friends, families and neighbours who enjoyed entertainment by Rock Choir, Company of Elders, All Angels Steel Orchestra and a close-up magician. Love and laughter was shared by all and we even made the local paper!

Dementia Café Service

Elders Voice has won a tender for running Dementia/Memory Cafés in Brent and this service starts with immediate effect. We shall be developing an existing café in Hay Lane in Kingsbury and developing a new café at Elders Voice beginning in January 2018. We are delighted that we have the opportunity to offer this service to people with dementia and their families and carers. There will be more information about the cafés soon, please stay tuned.