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Opinions and ideas from the Distancing with Dementia team and friends.

Activities to try in care homes and at home

Activities to try in care homes and at home

By Beth Britton  If you are anything like me, the lockdown days all seem to merge into one. The differentiation our usual routines used to provide has all gone, and the main milestones of the day now seem to be mealtimes in my house. Of course, if you are living with...

Helping volunteers to help you

Helping volunteers to help you

By Philly Hare, Co-Director Innovations in Dementia CIC During this current difficult period, many thousands of people will be ‘doing their bit’ by supporting their fellow citizens in their local communities. Some of them will be coming into contact with people with...

What’s it like calling a helpline?

What’s it like calling a helpline?

Hi, I’m Meghan, a Dementia Adviser for our telephone support service at Dementia Connect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of so many people, all over the country and all over the world. This has caused a dramatic change in routine for many of us and, here...

Why talk about death? Dementia and Advance Care Planning

Why talk about death? Dementia and Advance Care Planning

By Zoe Harris, carer for her late husband Geoff who lived with dementia, creator of the Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts, Mycarematters and the My Future Care Handbook. In my household this weekend we’ve been talking about what music we’d like at our respective funerals –...

The joy i find in photography

The joy i find in photography

By Wendy Mitchell I’ve always loved taking photos. Before, when I was trundling around the country, taking photos use to keep me calm on a train, but now it’s part of my daily routine now that we’re in this bubble of strange world. I get very confused if I don’t have...

Create a daily routine that’s right for you

Create a daily routine that’s right for you

By Keara O’Connor We all follow daily routines. Often without realising it! From a cup of coffee in bed in the morning, to the time we have our dinner. Routines can be reassuring, reduce anxieties and help give us confidence . They can also help us to make sure we...

Finding the support of peers

Finding the support of peers

By Talking Point Team, Alzheimer's Society In the space of a day, the lockdown announcement dramatically changed everyone’s lives. This time has been particularly challenging for people affected by dementia. On Dementia Talking Point, the online peer support community...

Top 10 tips for dealing with uncertainty

Top 10 tips for dealing with uncertainty

By Steph Tranter When your the world you’ve become accustomed to, suddenly becomes all weird, uncomfortable and uncertain, it can feel like there is nothing you can do about it, that you’re helpless, alone, stuck, or worse, that you’re spinning out of control and...

Talk Dementia: a creative response to covid

Talk Dementia: a creative response to covid

By Ronald Amanze  Following a Dementia Voice Zoom meeting where everyone was asked for ideas of thing which one could do in this period of social distancing,  I have been motivated to revisit a creative writing project I first shared at an Alzheimer’s society Welcome...

Is it a bird?🐦 Is it a plane?! ✈️

No, it's thought to be the world's first 'Jet Suit paramedic'! 🚀

In a trial run near Bowfell in the Lake District by the @GNairambulance & @takeonGravity, a casualty site was reached in just 90 seconds...it would've taken 25 mins on foot!

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