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Dementia with Dignity - December 2014

A ‘Dementia with Dignity’ event was held in the George Eliot Hospital last week to raise money and provide festive cheer to patients with Dementia.

The ‘Dignitea’ event included carol singing and festive music on the ward, and was held to raise awareness of dementia, to raise funds for the patients on the ward and to help stimulate their memories. Over £500 has been raised from the event and will be used to buy equipment including radios for the patients and a storyboard display of photographs provided by Nuneaton memories.

Ward sister, Tracey Emms said: “The patients enjoyed the event which raised much needed funds for our patients on the ward. Its important that those with dementia have stimulation for their long lost memories to help them regain their lives and to retain their dignity. We would like to thank everyone that has supported this event which will support all of our patients”.

A local Dementia Friend, Tony Robinson was on hand to provide advice and to talk to patients and their families at the event. Tony said: “There are now around 600,000 Dementia friends nationally and our role is to help raise awareness about Dementia and the support services available for families”.

Information was also available on the day from ‘Living Well with Dementia’ in Coventry and Warwickshire. Living Well with Dementia provide information and support for people living with dementia, theircarers and professionals and provide information on the signs, symptoms and reducing risks of dementia.

Find out more about all these topics by visiting www.livingwellwithdementia.org.

Living a healthy lifestyle may well reduce the risk of getting dementia. Tips include

  • Eating healthily – eat lots of fruit and vegetables and try to limit the number of high fat sugary and salty foods. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Get active – be active on a daily basis
  • Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol – Get regular checks.  A healthy diet and regular exercise can help keep you within healthy limits
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking – Try contacting Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service on 0800 085 2917. This service provides support for smokers who want to stop smoking, with a combination of advice and support from a stop smoking advisor along with prescriptions for stop smoking medication.

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